So I cleaned out the coop today in preparation for the cold winter months. Out w/ all the old bedding, which was pine shavings & coffee chaff, so the color was a mixture of brown & pine(& 5 months of chicken poo!) I put in just new pine bedding to see if it was the coffee chaff that was contributing to the dustyness of the coop. While I was in the coop w/ the girls locked in their run, I also replaced the burlap that I had over the nest boxes(to make them more cozy & private) w/ some old curtains from my sons bedroom. They are just blue & white-ish. So the girls hung out all day in their run like they always do, & @ dusk their coop light goes on & they generally go in & settle down for the night. Tonight there was an 8 chicken pile up in the pop door!!! No one would go in to check out the shavings! At least that what I think it was, I dont think the new curtains was what was freaking them out. I tried to entice them w/ some scratch & even sat in the coop for about 20 mins to show them that the shavings werent out to get them. SOme of them did come over for the scratch, but they were in my lap the whole time. Once I left the coop, every one had managed to make it to the roost, but I'm sure no one stopped by the feeder for dinner or a drink. Has anyone ever had chickens be afraid of the new bedding?? Should I keep them in for a while in the morning so they can get used to the bedding & try to avoid another pile up tmrw night?