I've got six laying hens in my backyard coop. I've given them access to their run every day except for the really cold days (under 10 degrees) and I've shoveled the snow out of the run as best as I could. Despite this, they haven't gone out ever since we got our first snow (about 2 months ago now.) Their coop is pretty large, but recently I've noticed a few of the hens have been getting pecked really badly. The pecking seems to be exclusively by their tails. I wouldn't think too much of it, but you can see some bare skin now, and I'm nervous they will get bloody and I've read that chickens really like pecking at red things and blood can lead to canibalism. When I first got them this summer there was quite a bit of pecking, but they got over it quickly and did fine when they were out in the run all day. I think they're getting bored and irritable in the coop, yet they still don't want to go out into the snowy run. I've been giving them black oil sunflower seeds every day, and I'm planning to get a bale of straw this weekend to spread over the snow in the hopes that they'll decide to go out. Does anyone have any suggestions for other things I can do to cut down on the pecking? Thanks!