why are my chickens sleeping outside?????? - Page 3
I had the same problem. I kept putting them in the coop until they finally did it on their own. I had one chicken that would peck at the others to keep them off the perch. One kept sleeping on the deep bedding (wood shavings). This happened for a couple of months. Now, she and the others sleep on the same perch every night (3 weeks now).
Just keep putting them in the coop and lock them up. They will eventually settle in. Keep the faith.
Chickens tend to be happiest when you let them do what they want, some breeds like to ground nest as well. Is it possible you have a breed that prefers to nest outside?
I'm not far enough along raising my first flock to have had the same problem yet - mine are only 11 weeks old this Thursday. But when I first transferred them to the coop I left them in the coop for three days before letting them out. And then after I let them out I hung a small battery powered lantern from Wallymart in the coop and I'd turn it on it's lowest setting about an hour before dark. At the same time I'd move their water and feed into the coop so there was nothing in the run for them to want to stay there. From the first day forward they've been all going in the coop and finding their position on the roosts by the time it gets dark, and I've been going out to lock up and getting a head count before turning the light off and letting them be till morning. At first they complained a bit when I turned the lantern off but now it's just part of the routine and everyone cooperates pretty good.