We are in the process of building our first coop for 6-8 hens and my husband has agreed to install an auto door as I leave town occasionally and then won't have to worry about everyone coming into roost safely and securing them at night. Coop will be 4X8 raised and enclosed in a fully roofed, hardware cloth enclosed 8X12 run. I have already ordered a Foy's auto door with solar sensor. We do not have any birds yet, but are just a couple of weeks away from finishing the coop. but I have a couple of pullets coming home from a show with me this weekend who will be living in a bunny hutch temporarily. My question is, do I need to train my birds to come in and out of the coop at the proper time? Obviously with the solar sensor the door would be opening and closing at dawn and dusk, but should I not set the door in the frame for the first few days until the birds get used to coming in and out on their own? I'm figuring once my builders get the framework screened in we'd let the birds come in and mill around with us while we complete work on the inside of the coop, but then they'll be coming back inside with us into the garage at night into the hutch, (I think). Any thoughts, ideas? TIA!