This is my first year as a chicken mom and I ended up getting 5 new babies back in January/February. I moved them outside into their coop 2 weeks ago but left them cooped up for the first 3 or 4 days so they would know where home was (heard it was a good idea and figured why not) and left them out so roam around their 10'x10' run as much as their little hearts desired.
Even though I left them in their coop for a few days, they still decide to roost under, behind or, their favorite spot, on top of (which is about 5' off the ground. I have to get a step ladder to get them down. My husband thinks it's hilarious.) their coop. I have to go out every night just before dark and pick them up one at a time and put them in their coop.
My question is, will they ever figure out they they have a nice cozy home or, like tonight, will they just huddle up together in the pouring rain and deal with whatever weather is thrown at them?
I'm pretty sure I'm doing something wrong and don't want my birds to suffer for it.