Free Ranging is when you allow your chickens to roam freely without being enclosed of any sort. Today for 30 minutes I watched and observed my 8 1/2 week olds free ranging for the first time in a bush right near their coop. They LOVE scratching around looking for bugs and seeds in the leaves. I will not let my birds free range when I am not home, because what ended their little free range session today was a giant red tailed hawk flying into the tree right above them. I read somewhere that "it is better for your chickens to live a happy shorter life free ranging, then live a long life in confinement." I'm not sure how I feel about this yet because these chickens are my pets! I think the dangers of them free ranging when I'm not home are too much for me to handle. I don't want to lose them, but they enjoy it so much! Decisions, decisions.