My wife says it is absolutely essential to free range the chickens. Since we are now BYC Raisers she was telling me how beneficial to our garden chickens would be. She was also saying that the garden would be almost bug free. I disagreed with her saying it is not essential that the chickens rome free. All they need is a place inside for protection and a place to lay their eggs. Also a place to walk around outside that is all fenced in. Maybe I say this because I cannot picture myself chasing chickens all over the yard when night time comes. Who is right and who is wrong.