Before you begin reading, I just want to make it clear that I'm a first-time chicken owner... You probably will be able to tell after reading the thread. We've had two chickens for probably one month and a half or so, and they've been kept inside until we could finish building a chicken coop for them. Well, we finished it and finally moved them outside. I've been looking online and talking to people, and from what I understand, it's normal for the chickens to not go up the ladder inside the coop for a little while. My question is this: how long does it usually take for the chickens to learn how to climb up the ladder in the coop? And is there any way to make them feel more comfortable in doing so? They look maybe a bit larger than they do in my current profile picture. Another thing I'm concerned about is that since I live in Florida, it gets very hot. It's been particularly hot the past few days and when I go to check on the chickens, they're usually panting. Earlier, they were laying down while panting, and I put a few ice cubes in their water to try to cool them down a bit. Now they're walking around, but still panting. I put more ice in there, and was wondering whether this was okay to do? And is there a large chance of my chickens having a heat stroke or over-heating? I believe I've read about both these topics on this site, but I figured posting my own thread might get answers that are more specific to what my concerns are. Thanks to all answers in advance!