New to chickens. I have 6 pullets (we think- though Rita the EE is looking more and more ROO to us- red comb buds that are much redder than Anita's) that are about 12 weeks old in the coop. We free range 99% of the time in our sheltered, fenced back yard. We have a run on our coop that is just big enough for the 6 chickens, but have never locked them in for the day. In fact, we just finshed the run this past weekend. We had a big storm come by last night and I locked them in the run for the first time (I got lucky- they were all in, so I shut the door) and MAN, they were not happy. Pacing and peeping- giving me the stink eye. Little do they know that we are leaving for 4 days this week. We have a house sitter coming and I don't want her to have to deal with an injury or a loss (knock on wood). So, we've decided to lock them in the coop and run for the time we are gone. We have a forraging brick of some sort that I got at the feed store and a couple heads of cabbage for them. But, they are going to be mad at us. Any advice? I know that they will just get over it, but I don't want them to behave badly. The 2 EEs get picked on a bit.... but there is the requisite amount of room in the coop and run. Poor chickies.