I would like to know how long does it take for my baby chicks to get the idea of returning to the hen house???My son always sense a small child wanted chickens. About three years ago he built a chicken coop. then he lost his job, o there went the idea of chickens. I was able to see to it to get him some chickens. The first week we had them in a large box in the house, we really enjoyed watching them. the second week we put them in the coop. the third week we let them go out side they love being out there, but can''t get them to go into the coop on there own. we have to go out and gather them up and put them in. A cute note we have a pit bull and he loves the chicks. they jump up on him and he just looks at them. also I think he thinks that he's the father.If he's in the front yard and he hears one of them chirp to loud or long he will go flying back there to see if there o.k and then well stay with them until he thinks there o.k. Thanks for any info on my question.