I've had my original flock of 7 for two winters (this being their second), and three young hens since this spring. It snowed pretty hard Thursday afternoon/evening, and when I went to close up the hens at dark I only found 5 of the 9. So after searching in about 4 inches of snow I found the other four under my front porch. Too low to reach them, but big enough for a predator to get to. They came out briefly the next day but went back under the porch tonight to roost. (I work, and got home to late to prevent them from getting under there.) You should also know that two of the 9 are roosters who were raised together and do get along, and seem pretty happy with each of their hens. Breeds, if this is helpful: buff brahma bantam rooster, bantam partridge cochin hen, buff brahma/buff orpington mix hen, black silkie/white leghorn mix hen, black silkie rooster, Rhode Island red hen, buff orpington hen, buff brahma/buff orpington mix hen, white leghorn hen. Why would they roost under the porch? I know they didn't like the snow much last year and I had to lay down stray to coax them out, but they at least came out and went to their coop at night. My second question: is it just the snow, or are the roosters reaching an age where they need to be in different places with their hens? They free range on our property (2 acres) together, sometimes splitting off, but they always come back together in the coop. I'm wondering if I need a bigger coop? They've never had a problem getting in there before. How do I coax them out from the porch. They are way too vulnerable to predators at night to make it a permanent home. Any suggestions and insight would be appreciated.