Hi, new to all this, but loving every minute! So here is my situation: I have a mixed flock of Silkies, Standard Brahmas and EE's. They are all 11 weeks old. Obviously nothing laying yet. FOR NOW, and at least the next couple of months they are living in a 10x10 outdoor chainlink dog kennel enclosure. We purchased a coop on line that I now realize I want to sell as soon as I can build a 'real' and big coop. When I finally got the chicks outdoors they were very happy to get out of the brooder, but they were of course nervous. I wanted to give them a few days to calm down before I pressured them about going in to the coop. I noticed that every night they huddled in to one big adorable sleeping mass in the front corner of the pen where the gate is. It's been so hot here that I added a box fan at one end of the coop to make it more inviting. I notice when I'm hanging out with the chicks that some will occasionally go in for a few minutes and sit by the door. I always meant to start putting them in at night but never did. My intention is to try to get my new coop built before or around the same time that they start laying so that there will be nice nesting boxes, etc. I'm in LA, it will not get cold for some months and it will be gradual when it does. I can't afford to start the big coop yet, but should be able to in a few weeks. Could you experienced folk weigh in on whether I should be trying to put them in their current little coop at night? I believe that it's really too small for them (7 bamtams, 7 standards all at 11 weeks old). They seem to be happy enough huddling together, and my pen is COMPLETELY preditor proof (I am quite proud of the amount of work I put in to it!) I mean, other than their having access to the laying boxes when they are ready, and keeping safe and warm, is there any other reason they need a coop anyway? My chicks use it as their shelter from the heat by hiding under it during the hottest period of the day, but don't go inside much. But if you think waiting will cause negative behavioral consequences, I'd like to hear what y'all have to say. Thanks for any help!