I've been letting my chickens free range, but they're starting to go to far during the day. So a couple of weeks ago we started just letting them out a little later in the afternoon. This seems to be working to keep them a little closer to home. Since they're spending more time in their run now and with winter and snow coming, I wanted to make a dust bath in the run for them. So they wouldn't feel closed in, I used a wide, shallow pan thats big enough to hold all 3 chickens. They're afraid of it. I've raised them from day old chicks, they're now 19 weeks. Up to this point I've been able to get them over being fearful of benign things they need to be used to just by sitting near the offending object and enticing them to check it out by talking softly to them and luring them over with small treats. It's always worked.... until now. They're just not having the dust bath thing. They're stressed and running back and forth in a small area of the run. They want to come to me, but will only come so close before they go back to running in that small area. Last night the hens refused to come in the run and coop. I had to pick them up and put them in. The rooster would go in the run but was afraid to come close enough to the dust bath to go in the coop. I was able to talk him into the coop and, once in, they settled right down. But I'm not sure how to get them over this fear. What do some of you do to get your chickens over fears? Will they just get used to it?