Okay, first I must fill you in on the happenings thusfar. Our four girls are in a tractor. Over the summer, I've had them under a shade tree in the front yard to keep cool. Our roo roosts in the tree, above the girls. Don't know why he doesn't like the coop, but I've not really been worried about it. Last weekend, however, I moved the tractor to the backyard, probably 75 feet or so from the tree. The girls knew where it was. They'd return to it when it was time to lay, but all that week when it was time to go to bed, they'd all roost atop a large wire dog crate that remained under the tree. The family and I would go pick them up and put them in the coop each night. So, figuring that I moved the tractor too far from its original location, I moved it back toward the tree about halfway. Still to no avail. Yesterday, my hubby said "It's the dog crate. You need to move that closer to the coop." so he did. Last night, our rooster went to bed on his usual tree branch and we hear the most raucus racket ever. An egg song? Okay... Hmmm... they've all laid today. Go outside and it's Cocky, in the tree squawking away. One hen is under the tree. The others are standing around looking confused. (They can't fly to get into the tree with him.) So the youngest son and I "herd" the girls to the coop. Once they figure out that "Hey, it's getting dark and ... lookie here... here's that thing we used to sleep in!" it seems like they realized what it was there for. Obviously, he was calling them to bed but why? He'd never had to do that before. Any solutions to my problem? I figure that just leaving them in it for a few days (never free ranging) would work but they enjoy foraging so much, I hate to do that to them. And I really don't want the tractor in my front yard unless it has to be.