We've been very lucky since getting our birds this spring not to have any days that I felt I needed to keep the birds inside the coop all day. Until yesterday and today that is. Now it's cold and wet and is poring down slushy snow. I started feeling bad about keeping them inside though because it seemed like the low ones on the totem pole maybe weren't being allowed near the food. So this afternoon I let them out thinking they would only be out for about an hour before it would be time to stay in for the night. But within minutes they were all back in. So what do you do? Do you have a rule of thumb when you keep them in or let them decide? It would certainly stay warmer inside the coop with the pop door closed.