Hi, everyone. Maybe you can help me figure out what I think is some unusual chicken behavior. My 17 week old chickens rarely leave their coop. They have a large, fenced-in run which we spent days slaving to build, and they hardly spend any time in it! I can't figure it out. Should I close the coop door for a few hours and force them to stay outside for part of the day? I'd hate to do that, as consequently they'd have nowhere to hide from hawks and such, but I can't imagine that staying "cooped up" all day is good for them! Let me add that my chickens were spending a little more time outdoors a few weeks ago (not much!!), but last week one of their flock was killed by a hawk while they were free ranging. I think that scared them good, so now they only come out for a few minutes at dawn, and I don't see them for the rest of the day. However, staying inside the coop was a problem even before this incident, so I'd appreciate any explanations and/or advice for getting my girls outdoors more. Thanks!