Recently moved my chickens out to the coop from brooder, couple of weeks at least now. When I did that I contained them to the coop for 5 days to learn home then let them out into the run. They seem to know home as they all go into the coop but they just pile up at the door most of the time when it gets dark I have went out and placed them on the roost a couple of times. Once they all were inside when I went to close the door and most roosted but then other nights they are back to sitting at the door. My main concern is that I want to install a auto door and with them just sitting there the door would close on them. I have seen others suggest a light inside the coop before sunset and leave it on for just a bit but this didnt seem to work as they just were more active maybe it was too bright? I think the flood lights from the house keep them at the door since that is the only light after dark.
Any ideas? Or will they just figure it out eventually and then at that point I can install the door?