Our chickens have free range of our property, and sometimes they even leave our property, although not much. But when there is snow on the ground, the chickens become significantly less adventurous. It is to the point where they step outside the coop, and then turn around and head right back inside. This was another reason that the new coop was so important, so that they had enough room to stretch their wings.
I have plans to make an enclosed run out of a hoop house, but like so many other things it has been pushed down the list of items to do. The benefits of a hoop house run, especially in the winter, is that run essentially becomes a heat sink that would help to warm the coop.
By the way, all of the chickens are now in the big coop. I had to get rid of Scooter, he just wasn’t adjusting well to having new roosters around. I was worried that having three roosters would still be a problem, but so far they have all played nicely. So there are 27 chickens in the coop, with two Jubilee Orpington roosters and one Buff Orpington. All is well in chicken land.