I think this belongs here? I got my first chickens last year, and was probably over protective My husband built a great coop and covered run for them, but I was scared to let them free range for several reasons- I wasn't sure I could get them back into the coop, I didn't want to miss out on any eggs, and predators. They are now grown, and I have ordered some more pullets (they are due around the end of Feb!). I want to try and get my chickens to have time out of the run. I feel like they are missing some protein due to the lack of bugs, etc and maybe they can boost their diets by having time outside. I also want to get a system established before the new babies come so they can eventually become part of the group. I also have one rooster in the flock that seems to be getting excessively grumpy. So I guess my questions are- How do I get them back in the coop in the evening? Or do I just wait and then close them up in it? Should I open the run door in the morning, or just wait until lunchtime? If I let them out in the morning will they go back to the coop to lay, or do I have to trudge through the briars to find any eggs? I also have couple of small dogs that have shown a lot of interest in the chickens through the wire, how should I train them to leave them alone? Or do I leave that to the rooster? Do you think it will help the rooster stop being so people aggressive? Or did I wait too long? I want to expand my chicken farming a little bit, and make sure I am doing it right, so thanks in advance for any advice! BTW- I did get the chickens out just now, so any advice about getting them gathered back up would be greatly appreciated! LOL I figure I have a few hours to figure it out!