My 6 chicks (barred rocks and Rhode Island reds) are 11 weeks old and are living side by side (a fence in between) with the big girls, 2 white leghorns. They mingle every day without too much difficulty (although the little ones run when they see the big girls approaching. When the big ones go out to forage, the little ones run into the coop and spend a lot of time there. The little ones have a dog crate in their part of the yard for shelter, but I would like to persuade them to spend nights in the coop. Instead, they want to sleep on the roof of the crate, and every night I put them into the crate because I think they are safer there even though the yard is fenced with hardware cloth. They are outgrowing the crate, though, and object to being put in it. As they become more comfortable with the big hens, will they just naturally gravitate to the coop at night? And should I stop micro-managing them? I've learned a lot on this forum from all of you experienced chicken-lovers. Thanks.