To sum it up, my neighbor is complaining that my chickens are wandering in his yard. To be fair, they are.. all my other neighbors love the chickens.. not this.. person.. who arrived at my door today and demanded I "do something" or he was going to shoot them all.. nice... So, I am keeping them in their run for their safety until we can come up with a solution that allows them free roam (to eat the ticks) and not go into his yard.. a fence comes to mind but it's winter.. and 1000 feet of 8 ft tall fence is going to be $$$ There is no way to "make nice" to this person.. he is not interested in anything but his way. And he would shoot the chickens too.. he practices his rifle with slugs in his back yard (in violation of local ordances) within 500 of homes.. and when I mentioned that he said it was his "right" So..back to my question.. how do I help my chickens adjust to being caged.. There are 10 hens of standard size and 1 bantam roo, 2 young pullets of about 15 weeks of age and one bantam hen of the same age.. Thankfuly the babies (of which there are 9) are no where ready to join them.. as I'd have a problem with #'s and space.. They have a run about 10 by 12 feet.. and a coop that is 8 by 10 feet.