I did not ask them, but I caught them crossing the road. When I left to go tutor I was late because the mother called me and made me late leaving. The chickens were just at the point they could step with one step to the side neighbor's yard. I stopped at the mailbox to shoo them back. Of course, I should know better because Maggie May ran up to my car in the road. I threw sticks to encourage them to try to escape me and go nearer to the house.
An hour later, I came down the street and there were two pretty hens in the middle of the road. They ran across the street to another neighbor's yard. I parked and gave them a shrill "Dee Lie Lah! It only took once. They ran to the road and stopped, stepping off and walking.
I stood in the yard with open mouth as they looked both ways continually. I am amazed that they seemed to know to watch for traffic. This makes me wonder how often they cross the road unbeknownst to me.
Still, I don't know why they crossed the road unless it was to find a new flower garden to scratch and peck, probably destroying it in the process.
I know this is a long shot, but have your chickens ever crossed the road and watched, looking both directions for traffic?