Do chickens ever get used to temporary free-range and mellow out/accept when put back in their own home?

The girls first time getting some free-range time! They seemed to have a blast! They were out about an hour, then I put them back in their own yard (25×15) with a covered run and coop. Now they are seeming distressed and looking for a way back out. ????
What can of worms have I opened? ????

Fyi, we have 2 prey-driven dogs and the perimeter fence is not tall enough to keep the chickens in, so free-range has to be supervised only.

Please leave a comment below, and let me know what you think!

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Cat Perroux
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Cat Perroux

Ours have a 10 × 20 dog kennel run (only 3 girls) and they’re almost always wanting out. ????. Whenever my husband mows grass we’ll dump the bags in there, and that keeps them busy for a few days. They’ll also scratch around for a day or so after I “stir” their pine straw up.

Cat Perroux
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Cat Perroux

If we go sit in there, then they’ll interact with us and stop wanting out. We don’t even have to bring treats, they just scratch around us and sit with/on us.

Dannie White
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Dannie White

We use to free range ours supervised later on in the afternoon because at dusk they instinctively go up. No chasing or stressing. Since moving, we free range 100% now.

Gabrielle Joelene Hetland
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Gabrielle Joelene Hetland

Mine used to free range all day until we had a fox attack during the day while we were home. After that they only get supervised free range time and they get super antsy but they learned late afternoon is when they get out and they wait patiently now

Kris Rath
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Kris Rath

Mine r cool with it. They r usually out. The key is make the dogs a pen that the chickens can’t get in. Ive got some that cant be out woth them too.

Brandy Williamson Warren
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Brandy Williamson Warren

Mine only free range when i am out with them. As soon as they see me coming with feed they are pacing and begging to be out. Once I go back towards the house and they know I’m not letting them out yet they chill out.

Barbara Brant
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Barbara Brant

I have 2 fenced in yards – one for the dogs and one for the chickens. My chickens free-range outside in “their” yard supervised only. Usually 4:00 pm to dusk and then they go into their run and coops. I haven’t had a problem keeping them inside their runs some days when I can’t supervise their “free” time ????

Evelyn Rice
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Evelyn Rice

Mine do this every day and are fine with it. Sometimes they go back up into the run all on their own but only get about an hour a day out.