When your chickens are refusing to roost in the coop, it can be a big problem. [caption id="attachment_5724" align="alignnone" width="336"] This is not a safe place to sleep[/caption] A group of cats is called a glaring, which well describes the look cats give you if you try to herd them. This look is often bestowed from above, as out of reach as possible... or from beneath the couch or some other more or less unreachable place. Chickens do not care for being herded, either. They are much like cats in that way. In our book, we call herding chickens about "the goofiest thing you'll ever do." We say that with good reason. [caption id="attachment_5721" align="alignnone" width="336"] This is really not what you want to be doing every night. Herding chickens is NOT one of the top 5 solutions![/caption] Chicken owners know you don't normally need to herd your chickens. Chickens instinctually come home to roost on their own---most of the time. But there are some situations where refusing to roost is what makes sense to your chickens. If that happens, you'll be reduced to herding them. I'd suggest that the world needs a new group noun for chickens when they're being herded. Your chickens are no longer a convenient flock. Perhaps they are a "drift" of chickens, arrayed in small, haphazard groups in low branches. Or--more akin to the descriptive "glaring" of cats---a "gawking" of chickens, or a "complaint" of chickens. If your chickens are refusing to roost in their coop at night, you'll want to take care of the issue in short order; you wan't want to have to try to herd them every night.