Don't know if this is the right place for this......but I wasn't sure where to post it! LOL! I've been out of birds for a couple years due to a divorce and several moves, but decided to recently start back! I got some hatchery birds, hatched some eggs, and as a result, had basically two sets of biddies a couple weeks apart. The older set stayed in the brooder longer than they should have due to problems getting the pen and coop finished. But we finally finished it and turned everyone out in it. They were SO HAPPY to have the large amount of space to run around in. (These are Nov/Dec babies.) Anyway, for whatever reason, the dodo brains won't go in the coop at night, instead insisting on sleeping underneath it! We have gone in and put them in there after dark for a couple nights, but they continually roost on the ground under it when given the choice. The crazy thing is, during the day, they have no problem going in and hanging out. We dont have a roost in there yet for them, and that is on the to do list. But it is full of soft shavings and they love laying in it during the day. I only worry because there is another serious cold snap coming and I have had chickens freezing to death in the past when they (for whatever reason) stayed outside the heated part of the coop. It is currently not heated, so shouldn't be too warm. Our nights have been down in the 40's here lately. There is plenty of space for them too. Any suggestions or ideas on how to get them to go in at night? I have never had this problem before and the only thing I can think of is that they were in the brooder for too long and are having a hard time learning how to be chickens.... ???