Our 6-7 week old chickens are loving the outside run. All but one weirdo are fully feathered out and look like adult chickens. Here is the rub. Over half of them are too dumb to go back inside their coop at night. Some even stand out in the rain instead of going back inside their cozy coop. They have food, water, nest boxes, & roosts inside and yet they huddle on the ground well after dark. We have to go and round them up and put them back inside the coop. This is after they spend most of the day doing a conga line up and down the ramp into the coop so they know where it is. I would like to start letting them out into a much larger fenced area but I doubt that they will make it back inside the run, much less the coop at night. Is this normal? I thought chickens were going to want to go back inside their coop at dusk? There is no way I will be able to chase down the chickens in the larger area or even find them if they decide to hide in the bushes or under the tractor in the barn. The larger area is not totally predator proof the way the coop and run are so leaving them out at night would be a bad idea. Lots of dogs/coyotes/hawks/cats around here. Will they eventually "get it" and go home to roost at night? Thanks! chicken rookie.