I just wanted to share my little chicken happiness! I moved my 14 babies to their big coop at 2 weeks old, these are my first chookies, with the red heat lamp of course. Around week 4 they were pretty much feathered out and the temps allowed me to let them play in the yard... Which became a routine for the last week of the heat lamp. Once these little bitties tasted freedom they relished it! Well after the heat lamp was removed, the coop at dusk was very scary for them and they refused to go back in. I was chasing chicks all over to collect them and force them in. Then the wailing,crashing,flapping mess carried on until they finally fell asleep on the roost. Needless to say this episode repeated for several nights. I read a few solutions to this problem: either give them a nightlight or just wait it out and eventually they will catch on. I did not want to get into crutches... I was happy to put away the extension cords to the coop and not interested in buying a battery night light. Well, after a few nights of rounding them up and cringing at the crying... Tonight they all ran to the pop door at exactly the same time I had started rounding them up!! I was SO happy! I purposefully went out at the same time to gather them up thinking they would get the routine... And it worked! Yeah!