I always had pullets before now, they would put themselves to bed just fine. But these young ones, 9 weeks old, still just pile up. I have tried waiting until very dark and placing them on the roost (10" from ground and another up about 2 ft) but they hop off so I leave them on the ground. Okay, but I want them to go into the coop from the run on their own. The temporary run is just wire between fence posts, secure for the daytime, and has no easy way for me to get in--so I just have a hoe handle that I reach in and shepherd them into the coop. They're quiet, calm on the ground in the run, until I do this. Then, they go in but cheep for an hour or more before settling down. I realize that they will eventually roost at night on their own, but geez! They are all over the roosts during the day, too, so they like them just fine.