I will not fence-off my vegetable gardens. It would be too expensive to enclose the several patches of garden. Plus if I'm gonna buy fencing, it's gonna be for more chickens. But, there is some great foraging to be had around my place that the tractor rig won't reach. I wonder, if I allowed them out for a couple of hours of gourmet dining and then, wanted to herd them back into the pens after their foraging, would they cooperate? If it would be a major hassle, they will just have to live a life of being permanently penned up. I would like to let the Ameraucanas out one day, the Marans out another, and the Welsummers..... I don't have the time to let more than one-bunch-a-day out so, if it would have to be an every-day thing in order for it to become "habit", oh well! Has anyone had success training their birds to return to the pen, regardless of time-of-day? Please give me the details of how you accomplished it?