Yay chickens -- tonight is the 4th night that they have put themselves to bed -- so much better than chasing them around the run! Mah babies are in the coop for the 4th night -- 14 weeks (RIR and SS), 10 (GLW and BR) and 9 weeks (Australorps) respectively -- All is well, they've integrated well after several weeks of practice. My problem is getting them into the coop for lockdown/bedtime. I've read in various places about the wisdom of using food to lure them in -- the first night it didn't work anyhow, 2nd and 3rd nights were catch me if you can nights with my son on door duty, then tonight because I was by myself, I tried food again. 12 of 18 went in, the others were convinced without much ado. (Thank heavens!) They definitely recognize my voice as the food lady, so I'm sure that helps. So now for help and opinions (feel free) -- is food in the coop a bad idea? They are let out at 0:30 early in the mornings and have water 24/7 .... I'm going out of town in 4 weeks for 4 days, so really need them to learn to put themselves to bed so that all Hubby has to do is lower the door .... ideas? suggestions? please? Have a great 4th y'all -- we'll be at home playing with the chickens with something yummy on the Green Egg!