We were happy owners of 5 chickens!
The first night, I had to put the hens in the coop. I'm guessing where they came from, they didn't have a coop. Anyway, I got them inside and close the coop door. They were now safe and sound, and I went back into the house to give them a bit to get settled in before I went back out and checked on them.
I went back out about 10 or 15 minutes later, and peeked in on them, and no one was on the roosts I made them! So, I opened the door and placed them all on the roosts, and they had a good night.
The next night, they all went into the house without a problem, and 3 of the 5 were on the roost. I picked up the 2 and placed them on the roost.
Well, the next day (2 days after our friends took 5 hens) they brought them back! They had bought some chicks at the farm supply store a few weeks back, and the 5 were picking and pecking on them. Understandably, that will never do.
Now, we're seeing here with a coop that from what I've learned can hold 10 birds, and it was holding 10 birds! That's not how I wanted to do this. I wanted a mix and a match. Different looks, not 10 that when they grow their feathers back all look the same!
I had nothing to fear though. My wife had it all under control and posted on Facebook to her friends to see if anyone was wanting 5 chickens. Then we waited.
That night, I went out to check on the new hens. 5 birds were inside the coop on the roosts. 5 were outside in the chicken yard. *sigh*
I got them all picked up and put in the coop, and I went ahead and placed them on the roost.
The next night, they all went inside, but only 7 birds were on the roosts. Again, I picked them up and placed them on the roost. The next night, I found 8 birds on the roosts. This was getting old. They weren't learning as fast as the first batch.
Luckily, my wife's friend said she'd take another 5 chickens! Just one more night. And sure enough, 8 birds roosting. And what I failed to mention was that the 2 that weren't, really, really wanted to cuddle up in the nesting boxes to sleep. So I learned to put a board in front of the nesting boxes so they couldn't get in them at night.
The next day, after the pickup, we were back down to 5 birds! I was so excited. That was, until night. Then we had 3 birds roosting and 2 not.
As I kept trying to teach, I finally go to 4 birds roosting.
After much research and asking on different groups online (like Backyard Chickens on G+) I found that it's not a big deal, so I wasn't going to worry about it too much
Last night, I forgot to put the board up to keep the chickens from getting in the laying boxes. So I went out to check, and sure enough, she was in there. I got her out and put her on a roost and placed the board up to keep her out.
Tonight, when I went out to close up the coop, I peeked in on them, and all 5 of our girls were on their roosts!