Originally Posted by Caleb999
Also, I have slats every 5" or so, just so they have something to grip and prevent them from sliding backwards.
Another option is to put steps in, so the birds have some flat footing. There was a nice picture on here somewhere with a bunch of thick logs arranged cut side up / down.
We had a problem putting our birds to bed. Either they wouldn't go up, or they'd reach the landing and stay there unless I stuck my head in the coop to entice them (yes, I'm flattered that you want to stay outside with me, but get on the roost already!). One day we were a bit late getting out, and they got themselves off to bed and have been doing so every night since. Well, that was easy.
Do you know if your birds were roosting before you got them? If not, no biggie, they can learn, but at the moment it's something completely new to them. You might need to herd them a bit more. Scratching at the roosting bar seems to make them more interested in it, especially if it's getting quite dark.
Treats might be a better option for the day... If you work on getting them up the ramp when there's no time limit, you'll be more relaxed about them being able to do it as it's getting darker. Don't overdo it though, you don't want them to figure out that you give them goodies when they don't go straight in the coop.