When you imagine free-range chicken, you think happy clucking, pecking chickens roaming around in the fresh air, right? Not quite. Free range merely implies that the animal has been given access to the outdoors. This could mean that a door in the back of the coup is opened for a couple minutes each day, giving chickens the option to exit, and then closed. So why did the chicken cross the road? He didn’t. He didn’t even know there was a road.