Getting Chickens Out of Their "Chick Stage" Behavior Question: I have 8 bantam chickens who just don't want to get out of their chick behavior. 7 of them are Silkies and the other one is a Booted Bantam, if that matters. Ever since I let them outside at about 2 months old, they would huddle up together in front of the gate to the pen. They are now 8 months old and still huddle up. I wouldn't mind this, it is a good strategy to get through the cold nights, but they absolutely refuse to huddle up anywhere else except for in front of the gate where they are nicely exposed to the weather. They will stand in puddles, in the rain, when it is below freezing until I move them and prevent them from going back to the gate. Since they are older and sexually maturing, I separated the roosters and hens. The hens remain in the original pen and the roosters were put into a much larger pen that shares part of a fence with the hen's pen. Despite there being fencing between them, the roosters will still try to huddle up to the hens on the other side of the fence. For about 3-4 nights now, I've picked them up put them into the coops they need to be in. Although, each night they still huddle up at the gate. I even made it to where the roosters couldn't see the hens on the other side, and yet they still try to huddle up to where the hens are. I've never really encountered this problem before, but yet again I've never raised 9 chicks at the same time and never separated them for 8 months. How am I suppose to break this habit of them refusing to sleep anywhere except for in front of the gate? Am I just suppose to keep putting them in their coops and hope they learn? Egg Laying Issues: I know it's winter and the hens aren't suppose to be laying any eggs, but my laying hens haven't laid any eggs since August. It didn't even start getting cold until a couple weeks ago. And before they stopped laying altogether, their laying was spotty and unreliable. My hens aren't old, they were all under 2 years old when they stopped laying and even the under 1 year old's weren't laying. I have a nest box with hay always in it and I make sure to feed them laying hen crumbles regularly. In fact, none of my birds are laying, not even my quails. What am I doing wrong? Thank you!