We're relatively new to raising chickens and planned on buying chicks but ended up getting four 8 month old lavender orpingtons (beaauutiful). So, this is their first week with us. Two of them go nicely into the coop at night and roost. The other two, a bit more wiley, eventually go into the coop with some cajoling but will not hop up on the roosting bar. They're also all laying eggs on the ground. I've read a few articles that say you should wait until they're asleep and move them to the bar.
This may sound like a silly question but I've never moved chickens while they're sleeping...do they wake up? Do they wake the others? Will they wake up once I grab them?
Any info you can provide is appreciated!