I have a few chickens to which I added four giant cochins earlier in the summer. These guys were hand raised by me and are so spoiled it's not even funny. It's a rooster and three hens, all hatched in april. Here they are when they were younger, I love pics!: Anyhoo, these folks WOULD NOT sleep inside all summer long. They literally slept in a pile in the run, there would be a struggle as to who got bottom and who got top. I would often place them in the house after they fell asleep, but they insisted they sleep outside. It was very frustrating, and I was worried with winter coming, because winter in NC can get pretty cold...I didn't want to find chicksicles one morning! OK, so at first when I realized they were sleeping in the house on their own, I was so happy. Then one morning I went out to check on them early, opened the door to the house where the laying boxes are to take a quick peek at my snoozing angels, and there in a huge pile in my laying boxes were fluffy cochin butts. How do I train them to sleep on a roost like a normal bird? Why do they think my laying boxes are their personal bed? I haven't had eggs in months, but I wouldn't lay an egg in a box filled with poo either. (I do clean them out every day, but it's like the other chickens don't know the laying boxes are there anymore. Just to give you guys a visual, the house is rectangular shaped, door is in the middle, on one end is the roosts, other end is two laying boxes.