hello everyone, We have a small farm in Petrborough, NH. So far, two goats, two dogs, two cats, and, as of last Sat, nine 23 week old New Hampshire Reds. Each one has already laid one egg!! I think our Agway coop may be too small - 3x4 for nine chickens, so we may give 3 away to friends as a wedding present (they already have a bunch). We have figured out how much to feed them, and are using a Purina vegetarian feed, along with scratch and oyster shell. For the nine, we are putting out three cups a day into a rectangular, two-sided feeder. They seem to be getting enough to eat, and all is well, except for the chicken chase we must do each night. They are inside a 1.5 acre paddock, with a 5 ft. wire mesh fence inside the horse fencing. Their yard is within the paddock, and consists of about 75 feet of cattle fencing, to keep the goats out of their food, with chicken wire on the inside to keep the chickens from getting into the main paddock, where the dogs run with the goats. They have plenty of shade, plenty of water, plenty to do to keep busy, but when it comes to putting them inside the coop at night, we are having a heck of a time. We've tried rattling the feeder before placing it inside the coop, we've tried making a trail of scratch going up the ramp into the coop. No one goes in voluntarily - we have to catch each one and put them in there. Of course this has only been for two nights. Any ideas?? Do we hold back on food after the AM feeding? I had been putting a second cup out midday.... Our small farm is surrounded by 800 acres of woods. Even with four fences between a coyote and the chickens, I do not feel I can leave them out at night. Would they be more likely to go in just before dark?? We have been trying to get everyone into the barn or coop by around 7pm...... Any ideas are welcome, and I apologize if there are already hundreds of answers to this question that I just haven't found in browsing around this website!!