Hens in barn 24/7!
.my spouse is afraid the local coyote population will go after our chickens. So he keeps them in the barn 24/7 where he has their coop. Don't they need sunshine, fresh air and dirt ?
Hancock County Ohio
While it is not essential that the chickens go outside, it is better for them. I would suggest an attached covered run. That would keep the chickens in a protected space. They will go inside at night.