Presently I have two free ranging hens with chicks (9 or 12 chicks). Area ranged is roughly two acres and includes two feeding stations and one waterer that is on west side of area ranged. Feeding stations are about 50 yards apart and moved every couple of days and are not armed every day and they are always empty by noon. Purpose is to promote foraging but to keep birds from leaving property. Older birds adjust ranging daily like a heartbeat that coincides with whether or not feeders are loaded with feed. Ranging on days without feed applied is about three times larger than days when feed applied. Regardless, birds go to roost with full crops. On weekends I am able to monitor movements of hens pretty closely, especially in respect to visits to waterer. What I have noticed is that on days when feed is loaded into feeders, hens visit waterer multiple times during the day while when no feed is applied they visit only once and that occurs early in morning. Distance walked from foraging areas and feeders to waterers can be a good 400 feet. Anyone watched to see how feeding influences visits to water?