Hello! I'm a new member here and just recently started my own flock. We started out with 4 chickens at the end of December, but had a security breach and ended up with one survivor. After fixing the wiring to the cage (we put up wire mesh that is stapled and screwed in - nothing is getting through this!), I went and bought my lone chicken another little friend. The only problem is that they won't leave the enclosed part of the coop unless I make them. This is what the coop looks like (this was when it was first built before we added chickens and fixed the wiring): This is the entrance to the enclosed part. They have to go up and down the ladder. I've seen them both going up and down, so it's not a matter of them not knowing they can do it. This weekend, we had an unfortunate visitor, a bobcat: This is not the only predator we have around. I personally have seen a weasel and a big raccoon, which is what I think got the first three. So my question is, will the chickens eventually figure out that that they can go down into the main part of the coop by themselves? I have food and water in the enclosed part and I'm also wondering if I should just take it out to sort of force them to go down to the bottom for food and water. I'm worried that they'll just end up starving/dehydrating themselves instead. Thank you for all your help and suggestions. It is greatly appreciated!