Originally Posted by supchicks
Hmm, these are some interesting theories. I think the chickens can see fairly well - there are windows on both sides of the coop so a good amount of light comes in and the little lights in the jar are nicely dim. The lights go off after a few hours (awesome little built in timer - love the dollar store!). Since blocking off the space under the coop, they've been going to bed without fuss. Maybe if I leave it blocked off until the spring they'll get the hint.
Thanks for all the suggestions!
There you go!
Chickens can form some odd 'habits', you just have to manipulate their environment to create new habits.
I'd leave the block up for a few weeks, then remove it and see what they do...by then the new habit of roosting in the coop should be set.
Being observant, flexible and willing to experiment will teach you much.