Hi, This is our first flock. We started out with what we called a mini-coop for the last few months. But I have just built them a much larger, coop for them and it was hard getting them in there last night. I have 30 chickens and enough space for 62. From what I can see, I keep them in there for a couple of days, they have plenty of food and water. But wanted to check experience. Do I keep them in there for so many days? Do I cover it up and make it dark?