So about 4 weeks ago we put together one of those fancy prefab Chicken coops, put up a area for them to run around (all set in concrete) and found 4 cute Bantam Girls. The Bantams we got where free range and were able to go where you wanna go and had no fancy Coop. We have them since 3 weeks and since then they do not want to go outside ! I usually go and check on them, clean the coop at 9 am, and they still sit inside the hen house. I basically have to kick them out and close the little door for them to move. Once outside, they eat, drink, scratch and do what chickens do. For about 10 min then......you guessed it, back into the house ! They started to loose their feathers about 2 weeks ago and now only a few a day. You would think since they are used to free range, they would WANT to be outside right ?? Today I locked then out of the hen house in the run area. Is this a good idea to get them adapted to their new environment? What do you guys think ? Are they homesick ? Scared ? Or is it me ? How much time do they need ? What should I do ? Thank you so much for your input !