We are new to chickens and our Buckeyes are now about 12 weeks old. We have been letting them range during the day and they were doing great at returning easily each night until we went on vacation. I had trained them with scratch and a "here chick, chick" call. We were gone for a week camping and left the chickens in with food and water in their spacious enclosure (designed with this in mind). Ever since we returned we have had difficulty getting the chickens to return to the enclosure. After searching posts I have tried keeping them in a few days at a time...no change. I tried retraining them but they seem to be uninterested in scratch. Apparently the great outdoors holds just as yummy stuff so I tried retraining them with meal worms which they seem to adore when in the enclosure but all will not return for them. Most of the time if we just let it get dark, we can find them all mounded up somewhere. We used to be able to just pick them up and carry them to the enclosure but now they are starting to scatter when we approach. Once everyone is in for the night, they do not use the coop(though they freely go in and out during the day). Again, they all mound up on the ground together, often near the door of the enclosure. I don't think I have ever seen them roosting either. We have 12 chickens, 7 cockerels and 5 pullets. Once 4-H fair is over next week, we will try to get down to one rooster. Most of the time about half will return to the enclosure with calling now but the rest are sometimes a chicken rodeo. Is the problem with the number of roosters? Once this is reduced, do you think the problem will resolve? My husband has commented that he thinks one of the roos guards the door. If the other roos are gone, will he start letting the other hens in or should this roo be one to go? Any comments on why they are not using the coop and don't seem interested in roosting? Thanks for the help!