Here's the deal. All summer my girls have roamed our backyard b/c of the heat. We have lots of trees for shade. But their run has no trees that is why I let them out for the shade. They get on the deck and poop all over the place. DH has said to me today since the heat is no longer a problem he wants them to stay back in the run. The run is a good size. And I only have 3 hens. It breaks my heart to have to keep them in the run and not seeing them run around our yard pecking and scratching. Every day they are standing by the fence for me to let them out. My question is how are they going to adapt? I just hate this. I am thinking about letting them out when DH is at work and putting them back in before he gets home. This means they would have to stay locked up all weekend. Will they adapt to this after the freedom they had all summer?