I don't remember the chickens being so timid last year, but this year they stay cooped up and won't venture out into the snow. I shoveled a little spot for them, and they'll go out there if it's not windy or too inclement, but for the most part they're just staring out looking for spring. I keep the human door open all day just in case, and put their food and water just outside the door. I don't think the rooster is getting a lot of romance either. They're not in the mood and there's not enough space. I'm getting 2-3 eggs a day from 9 hens. Pretty soon they'll be back at my sliding glass doors tho, driving my husband nuts with chicken poop all over the place... Can't wait.