Hi all! I'm new to the forum scene here, but I've exhausted my online search options and I'm hoping someone here might be able to offer me some advice. We currently have 6 hens -- 4 about a year and a half old, and 2 pullets about 4 months old. We've had the pullets since they were 6 weeks old, and they've been integrated with the established hens since the beginning (in varying stages -- first a dog kennel inside the run, then a separate area of the run, and for the last 6 weeks, fully integrated without restraint.) Outside of the new chickens definitely being aware that they are at the bottom of the social totem pole, they don't have any problems coexisting (no pecking/fighting, at least that I've seen). Here's the problem: At night, the two young'uns refuse to roost like the older birds. They huddle in the corner, on a tiny piece of 2x2 (so I guess they are roosting, in a way). We have tried physically moving them late at night (they always jump off and go back), giving them multiple roosting options (all wide enough and high enough), getting rid of the original ladder-like roost and making one super-long single height roost so everyone is equal, and obstructing their corner huddle spot (they just huddle elsewhere). Here's the thing: I don't really care if they sleep on the floor, BUT - if given the option, they will always retreat to the nesting boxes. So now, we run up there at night to block off the nesting boxes (we have an afternoon layer) and then run up at 6 am to unblock the nesting boxes, only to find one hen has already layed in the pine shavings by then. We've been doing this for over a month -- the routine is getting tedious! Oh, and in case it matters: it's warm here (avg 90 daytime/55-60 nighttime), the pullets are almost as big as the old gals, the pullets know how to roost -- they do it in the run all day long, and they all share food and water now without drama. Help!!