Hi, we acquired two hens four weeks ago, well friends and family thought it would be funny to put them in our garden when we came back from honeymoon, along with both baths in the house full of goldfish and every draw in the house filled with tinsel and rice...but that's another story... We grew attached to Dol and Phin but are now a little concerned that Dol may be a boy ? I've read may threads and it seems its very hard to tell the sex of birds and the only sure way is if it lays and egg or wakes you up in the morning !! I'll attach a photo of the bird in question any suggestions will be appreciated. The hens ( hopefully they are both hens ) are now 19 weeks old assuming they were 14 weeks when we got them. We have placed a coop on freshly built footing so that no predators can get them and we let them have the roam of the garden from when we let them out first thing but really struggle to get them back in there at night or dusk. They walk up and down the patio doors at dusk desperate to get indoors. How can we encourage them to go into their coop of their own accord ? We have kept them in their run for 6 nights in a hope this ' helped but it didn't. The coop has a run underneath the sleeping quarters and if they are in the run they take themselves upstairs to bed but wont go into the coop themselves. They also wont even look at waste veggies or peelings, brocolli or cabbage? Are they simply too young to be eating this ? Right enough question...tell me please is Dol a cock ???? Any suggestions would be great.