Our laying hens are going to get new housing this week!! And, I know we have some rough transition days ahead. I have some ideas to ease them into their new digs, but as always, more brains are better...than mine!! Here are the details. Currently three groups of hens (farm store variety: Orpes, Lorpes, Dottes, Rhodes, Eggers, etc 27 gals) live in three separate coops, but free range all day together (mostly - of course they have their preferred ranging buddies). We recently had a nice 10x12 shed w 8 foot walls built. I built and installed 9 nesting boxes and rows and rows of roosts and poop boards, all built to a comfortably roomy night time standard. (They're not spending the day in it.) So, now the tricky part. 1st, there has definitely been some curiosity generated by this new building in their yard, and I've had my share of "construction supervisors!" So I thought I would just leave the big door (it's going to have a timed pop door) open, put in food and water - maybe some treats - for the next few days and see if anybody decides to spend the night there. Then, at some point, I need to lock their old coop/run gates and leave them with no alternative (I plan to be very available for chicken wrangling, should the need arise. Thoughts? Ideas? I'd love some input (or validation!) thank you!