I have a small coop and there are 3 nesting boxes with 1 roosting perch but the girls don't use i.t they sit on the floor to sleep?? the roost is only 6 inches from the floor do others have chickens the don't use a perch?? I also wonder about these short days. It's pretty dark when I get home from work and the are usually in the coop ready for bed I sure miss coming home and spending time with them LOL!!