I'm starting to worry that my girls are never going to be relaxed at bedtime!! They'll be 9 weeks old on Monday and have been out in their coop for the last three weeks. The coop doesn't get a ton of light, so I keep a light on in there during the day that's on a timer to come on after sunrise and off before sunset so that it isn't suddenly dark but they get the gradual light diminishing. Still...everytime I'm down there at dusk there's a huge commotion going on. I can hear them peeping and pecking and scratching at their little door. When I peek in the window I can see them piling up in the corner and ducking under each other and on top of each other and chirping like crazy. I went in a couple of times to see if my presence helped calm them down, but they all just wanted to be on my lap together and do the same thing to me...trying to tuck into any nook they could find on me. I have a roost in there for them that's about 2 feet high, and I've seen everyone but my two SFs up there at various times throughout the day, but they still like to sleep together all huddled up....even when they nap during the day they get into formation on the floor of the coop. I've thought about placing them on the roost at dusk, but I'm a little nervous about trying to "force" them to be up there when they can't see and are still wanting to huddle...etc. etc. etc. So I guess what I'm wondering is...is there something I can do? am I doing something wrong? or do these things just take time and work themselves out? Will they outgrow it? I'm just so surprised that after three weeks they're still so nervous about it getting dark. I feel so bad that they have to go through this little trauma every night. Anybody have any words of wisdom out there?