Hey all! New here on BYC, though I've lurked for some time, and been a chicken owner & lover for more than a year now. So here's my deal (I'll try not to be too long-winded about it!). Right now we have 4 adult chickens. The first two, when we got them, didn't have a coop right away because it was summer and they found a nice spot in the garden to lay their eggs. At night, they perched on the fence outside our back door. Before it got too cold, and for fear of predators, we made them a coop after a while, but they still wanted to perch on the fence, so every night I'd go out before bed and put them in the coop and close it up. When we got two new chickens, they first followed their elders lead and perched, but since they were bullied a bit, they found a higher spot, up in our grapevines, and now I have to unceremoniously extract THEM every night as well, putting all four chickens in their coop manually EVERY night. Is there a way to change their night time roosting habits? It's driving me crazy, they know where I want them to sleep! In addition, we have 6 new babies that will be added to the flock once they're old enough. How do I keep them for copying the big chickens? I figure it may be easier with them, establish a new habit instead of changing a year-old one. Any help would be greatly appreciated, these chickens are stubborn!