Ok everybody, heres a wierd one. I have a mixed flock of 20 birds. They are spoiled, have a lovely coop with a 10x10 out door run that is completely enclosed by wire. There is even a big rabbit hutch in the run that provides an 8x4 covered area that I have put perches in, and a feeder. Heres the problem.... Every day when I go out to 'release the birds' they flood out the gate and stampede to the front door and porch of our house! (I call this the running of the chickens) We do not feed near the house, we feed in the pen and out in the woods where they free range, treats are not dispensed near the house. however, it is nice and dry on the porch. On sunny days, they disperse after they reach the house, and no worries. BUT on rainy, or snowy days they spend the whole day piled on the stoop, making a huge mess. Today I tried to not let them out, thought I would keep them penned in, but when I tried to sneak into the pen to fill the food up, they mobbed the door, and forced the issue. We are planning to build more covered area in the run, but I have a feeling that they will continue to stampede for the porch..... Any one got any ideas on how to break this habit? is it instinctual to spend days away from roosting areas or something? Even all of our coming in and out, with dogs and cats doesnt deter them, they just come right back, or lay there and we have to step over them! Sheesh! and the mess at the end of the day.....Uugh!