So my friend and I were discussing the risks and merits of allowing chickens to roam occasionally outside their designated run. I have a small coop with small runs (perhaps 4 sq. ft. per bird) for my 2 backyard chickens. On a few occasions I have let the chickens out of the run for supervised excursions throughout the yard. I noticed one of my chickens is restless whenever she sees me in the backyard presumably because she wants to explore outside of her confined area. I noticed this behavior shortly after the chickens escaped their coop after my daughter did not properly close a nesting box and they learned that there is an entire world outside their small coop and run. My position on supervised excursions was that it is perhaps psychologically helpful for the chickens to roam around and explore new areas at times. I feel what I would describe as compassion to a allow an animal to explore and not be treated exclusively as a resource for eggs. My friend perhaps rightfully so noted that what happens is the chickens then develop a yearning to constantly be outside their coop and this causes distress, etc. Perhaps a very valid point he raised so I am torn between allowing the chickens out for supervised visits on occasion or confining them almost exclusively at all times. Thoughts?