Hi folks, So we got our first three chickens after months of preparations and the first 24 hours has been an adventure to say the least... I'd really appreciate some advice on the following: 1) When you remove chickens from their first (and only previous) home to a new home/coup, is it best to leave them in the coup for a few days before letting them out? We have 2 x 1yr olds and 1 x 3yr old. We made the mistake of bringing them home at night (car journey), then encouraging them out of the coup the following morning. Within seconds two had flow over the fencing (4ft high chicken wire). We left them to range around all day hoping they would head back, but one roosted in a nearby tree. The one who stayed int he coup all day then decided to join her and flew out. The other just settled down in some long grass. Concerned for their safety we waited until it was dark, expecting they would be easy to pick up, but they stuggled like made and we ended up chasing them round for 3 hours until we eventually got them back in the coup! This morning they are *really* nervous and so we've left them in the coup as I think they need to get used to their new home. Is this the best thing to do? My instinct is to let them have a few nights roosting in the coop to get used to it (they haven't slept up on the bar yet). How many days/night should we leave them inside so they know it is their home? It's an airy 4x4 ft coup so they are not crammed in. 2) As they are not point of lay, and they previously were fed layer pellets, is it okay to give them veggie cuttings, or will that mess up their insides, especially whilst they are stressed out? We somehow want to make them feel at home, but don't want to make things worse for them? 3) Is there anything you can recommend to help make them less stressed? Also, will they eventually come round to being comfortable around us, or are just some chickens always nervous? 4) Do you latch down the egg box lid (our nesting boxes are accessible from outside the coup? When I went in this morning to give them some food they all bundled into one next box and it struck me that they might figure out that if they push up the lid will open and they can fly out... I have put rocks on the lid for now, but is it worth latching it? Also, from a predator viewpoint, could they get in this way? Thanks in advance for your help!