I thought that free range chickens stayed fairly close to their coop....like within a couple hundred feet? Well, not so say my birds!! They are ranging into the neighbors yard (they don't complain but neither can I if their dogs snack on my birds...) about 400 foot from their coop. Yet they avoid the shrubby cover and prefer to dig around cleared areas under trees...and my landscape beds. Why? I thought they would head toward the cover of undergrowth... Do you think it's because I have 3 roosters ? I've noticed that they all take off in different directions.