Hey all! I've got a bit of an odd situation going on here. I've posted before about a sick rooster, my now fluffy spoiled ancient little house rooster, who wandered to my property on deaths doorstep from a livestock dealer down the road. The dealer has been the subject of abuse and neglect investigations over the years, it's just not a good place for any animal. So I've had a herd of ducks and hens coming and sitting on my doorstep for the last month. Some are sick and underweight, and they've now figured out I've got fresh water and food for them. The hens have been persistent to the point that I put a cardboard box on the porch so they wouldn't sit out in the wind and rain. Two of them have stayed there for two weeks (the little one has a limp). So I built them a small hen house. For chickens that aren't mine. My husband was NOT thrilled, especially after discovering that I sawed and nailed for two weeks with a fractured wrist...seeing ortho doc tomorrow... Anyway, last night was the first night the coop was ready. It is insulated, draft free, has a nice fluffy layer of wood shavings, hanging watered and feed dish. I sprinkled scratch and meal worms on the food dish in hopes they'd like it. I also made a trail of seeds from them to the henhouse and uo the ramp (maybe the treads are too big?). But when I checked on them they were huddled in the cardboard box. I moved them to the nice warm and dry henhouse and they stayed there all night. This morning they were just outside it pecking away at the ground. But after work tonight, they are nowhere to be found! I took their cardboard box and now they're gone I feel bad, I thought they'd like the henhouse since it's a huge upgrade from a soggy cardboard box. If I can't convince them to stay my husband is really gonna kill me... Any ideas why they don't want to stay there, and how to get them to stay (assuming they're back in the morning). P.s. I don't feel bad about trying to keep the neighbors hens because he let's the ones that don't sell die anyway. And it's not theft if they just decide to move into my hen house, right?