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post #11 of 13

My adolescent birds go through a phase of wanting to stay out late much like human teenagers! Perhaps the door is closing a little too early and shutting them out before they are ready to go in. Once this has happened a couple of times and they have found an alternative roost outside, that becomes their habitual roost. Another possibility is that the coop is too small for them all now that they are more grown up and the lower pecking order birds are feeling too intimidated to go in.

Do you have any cockerels or all pullets? An old rooster will usually round them up and get them in but a young cockerel can intimidate them and cause them to stay out until he is up roosting out of the way by which time the door may have shut.

They don't eat of drink during darkness, so your water being outside shouldn't be a problem although it's safer to have a source of water inside too in case your automatic door fails to let them out in the morning, particularly if you have feed inside. 

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The mites would be where on the birds? The photo cell is on the auto door and shuts and let's them out in the cold
post #13 of 13

You can take a flashlight out after dark and check the roosts...if they're there, you'll see them on the roosts or even on the walls near the roosts.  Check the birds....mites tend to like to stay near their vents or under their wings.  There are a few kinds of mites, but they all pretty much feed on the chickens after dark, I think - at least the kind I got stuck with did.  Someone smarter than I am can correct that if I'm wrong.

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