I'm usually the only one available to shut the chicken coop and care for the chickens at night, so I often find myself trying to decide between shitting the chickens in their coop all day after only a few hours of outside time, or keeping the coop door open (with a pretty good pen around it) until I can get home and shut the door. I usually opt to leave them in the pen, and shut the door when I get home. I haven't had any sign of preditors yet.
With these being the only two options, which would you choose? Happiness for the chickens being able to be outside all day, or safety knowing they are properly shut in? It's 4 hens in a 5 by 6 foot coop with two windows and a little solar light for extra light.