I have been letting my pullets free range since they were about 7-8 weeks old, they're now just shy of 16 weeks. So far I've had no problems with them returning to the coop. Each evening I go out and close up the run, take a head count and everyone is there. Two nights ago, I came up one short. I was so sad, I thought for sure one had been lost to a preditor somehow. Anyway the next morning, there she is, running to me from the barn. Okay, she got lost in the barn, it got dark, she settled in there. Last night, same routine, take my head count, this time 2 are missing. Since it's still fairly light out I start looking around. There she is, now with her buddy, roosting up in a peach tree behind the barn. I took them both back to the coop, and put them on the roosts. So, why would she start this all of a sudden? I'm expecting her to probably do it again to night, but hoping she won't. If she does, and takes yet another buddy with her, does anyone have any suggestions as to why, and/or what I should do about it? If she isn't back in the coop, I'm hoping she's in the same spot. That will make it easy to find her. The coop and run are large, well ventilated, (6 open windows and 2 vents) with lots of roost space, and I've even been leaving the big front door open till about 11:00pm because it's been so hot here in E. Texas but I don't think it's terribly uncomfortable in there. What gives with this chick?? Is she just a rebel? Even when she was returning to the coop, she was always the last one in. Thanks for any input!