Ok, I get home 2-4pm and now it's Winter which means bitter cold wind and it's just no fun being outdoors. The birds are all indoors when I get home and rest of the day. The 2 Silkies and 3 oldest chicks come and go all the time. I wanted to let them free until nightfall or whenever they naturally come in. But this is just not going to work til spring! They are hating the cold, I'm hating it and then the run is a little odd, so it's not easy to let them out where I want them to go. The human door leads right to a hill, tree and fence. I want them to follow their run out and around the other way to where it's an open, lush field of grass... Should I just wait til warm weather? How has anyone else let them explore on such crappy days, if at all? The gray doors are to the work room turned coop. Door without window is the human door. You can just see the run, it is narrow from the chicken door out past the mess, then it opens up to a big area. The mess is not part of the run, that blur you see on the right is my Dobie running, about to go down the slope. The back of the barn faces a slope down into the field, where all the nice grass is.