Last night I had my 4 out in the back yard while I cleaned up some leaves from our last windy day... it was getting dark, and I noticed the tone of the chirping (they are about 10 wks old) had changed. I walked over to watch what was up. All 4 of the girls were on their way back to the coop. So far, when I am outside, I would pick them up and put them back in the coop one by one when the run was not finished. Now that everything is done, I left the run gate open for them to go back into the coop. Back at the coop... the main door is closed. All 4 stood around staring at that for a minute or two... some pecking involved. One of my BOs decides that the window is the next option to get in (mind you the run gate is a foot away)... she flew up to the window and pecked... no good. The other three watched this with some interest. (Also, pecking at the ground was of interest too) Next the other BO I have came to me to jump in my arms! (take me in! it's dark!) That was cute. I stopped her from that and pointed her toward the gate. She is still confused. Finally the BO that jumped up to the window, jumped down and rounded to the gate and went in. The other three are still confused. Where do we go? I gave in, and put the other three in the run... and finally they made the connection to the coop door. Mind you, the first BO is now in the desired spot on the roost next to the window. Ha! Always something interesting with the chickens!