My chickens (4 Welsummer hens) are around 10 months old and it seems nothing I do helps them put themselves up at dawn. I have to go out there every day to shut them in their run and even then they sleep outside under the coop (less worried about that than putting themselves up). I installed a light on a timer in their run that turns on as the sun goes down hoping that'd get them in the run but it made no difference (I disconnected it since it didn't work). They'll still be walking around the yard at midnight if I don't go carry/herd them into their run. I've tried putting them on their perch but they just run out and huddle under the coop. I shut all lights around the house off to avoid ambient light, there's a street light around 120' away with a yellow bulb which my city uses. Would that light be the cause? It's across the street + a house over so it doesn't actually beam any light into my yard, you can just see the light if you look at it. I'm lost on what to do here, I've tried everything I can think of. There has been nights well below freezing and instead of going in by the heat lamp that turns on when the temp drops below 45F, they still huddle up outside. Are my chickens too stupid to learn? They lay 3-4 eggs every day so they're doing great there, plus they use the nesting boxes so I guess they aren't totally incompetent but I hate having to catch/herd them every evening the sun starts to go down so I can lock them away from predators. Their house's internal dimensions are 54x54x42 so it should be more than adequate for 4 hens (currently 3 since one has been broody). Here's a pic so you can get an idea of where they hang out under the coop. The pic is from when they were chicks and I had just finished the run so they could go outside for the first time. The grass in there has disappeared a long time ago so it isn't nearly as pretty.