Hello all, new here but not to chickens. We have had a couple of flocks now over the last couple of years, simply to have some egg layers. We only ever had 3-4 at a time, and they were Golden Comets. Good enough layers, but I wanted to get more of a heritage breed and one that I could let brood some chicks as time went on. Because of this, we purchased 6 Black Australorp hens and 1 BA rooster. We got them on 3/12/17 and we were told they were about laying age. We have several issues, but I'll get to the most pressing one first. We have an A-frame coop/run setup with electric poultry netting around this to provide the chickens protected pasture during the day (we have enough trees/shrubs for protection from hawks). The coop is up top, and the run below, where we keep the feed/water for them. Our problem is that the chickens will not go up the ramp into the coop at night. We have captured them several times and put them up in the coop in the evening and let them back down in the morning, but the next night they just huddle together below in the run again. Also catching them is a bit of a chore as they are very timid. I have tried to spend time with them, but they just seem to have a severe distrust of us. We never had any issues like this with any of our Comets. I have also tried to place some corn, or bread or other treat on the ramp up into the coop and they will eat the treats off of the ramp, but will not go up. We also placed light up in the coop at night, but again, no go. At this point, we do have one hen that is starting to lay, and she simply lays her egg in the middle of the fenced pasture area. I sure dont want any of them to get curious and gain a taste for eggs. Another problem is when we got the chickens, all of them were pretty badly missing feathers on their backs/rears. About half of them have cleaned up nicely and feathered out, but at least 2 still have bare tails showing, and this is after having them for about 2 months. Do I need to be worried? I have never seen any of them pecking at each other, but I simply dont watch them all day long. Hoping someone will have a miracle idea, but any suggestions would be appreciated!