My chickens always want to roost on the rail of the deck each night. It is such a pain to try to get them to go in to the coop each night... so much that I dread it getting dark every day. I feed them and they run over and a couple (i have 4) run in. I then have to shut the chicken tractor door so the others won't get out. And that means I have to chase the others. I usually don't get them and have to wait till they fall asleep on the rail. Then I grab them while theyre asleep and stick them in there. Of course everyone freaks out and we're all stressed! Someone suggested that I keep them in the run for two weeks or so and they'd get the hint. But it's really too small for that. I had planned for them to only sleep and lay eggs in there and free range the rest of the time. Anything I can do to get them in? Or should I take a chance and let them stay out? When we go on vacation, thats what they do bc I dont want to ask anyone to go through that trouble for me. We are in the middle of a subdivision in the city and have a small yard with a 6' privacy fence. There are houses all around us... probably 30 feet away on all sides. There are no dogs loose and I've never seen any wildlife other than squirrels and birds. Does anyone let their chickens sleep outside? Will the stress of me grabbing them while they're asleep be unhealthy for them? They are going to lay eggs wherever (they're 17 weeks now) and we'll have an 'egg hunt' every day, I'm sure, even though I have very nice nesting boxes for them. Alright, thanks in advance for helping me out. I'm going to go round up the birds and try to get them in!