When my husband and I bought our farmette, we also bought the 4 year old hens too. 5 Prod. Reds and 4 bantams. None of these hens have ever been out of the coop. They did have a small insecure run which we tore down and rebuilt larger and so secure I can bearly get in. The dilemma. For 5 months now I've been trying passively to get the hens out of the coop for supervised free-ranging for an hour or so each day. No way. As soon as I open the coop (human-size) door they run to the back of the coop as a group or race for the run. If I sit down with them and give them treats one will eat out of my hand, but the rest can't overcome their fear. They were obviously never handled. Anyway, I've tried sitting outside the door with treats, I've left treats and hidden. They LOVE their treats. Oatmeal with raisens, scratch, whole grain bread, yogurt, mealworms - you name it I've tried it to no avail. I even emptied a 20 lb bag of scratch ouside the open door. They are healthy girls. So, should I just force them out (with lots of treats outside on the ground) or do I just let them stay in the coop the rest of their lives? At least I don't think I'll have a problem getting them to RETURN to the coop, if I can ever get them out.