I've recently made some flock changes. I have two houses and two runs. I moved three cockerels to the smaller house and run. They are not happy but it's better than being dead I told them. They have roosts in the run and in the house. The highest in the run is about 6 feet while, in the house, they go up to 7 feet. There are lower roosts to jump up to the higher ones. The house is smaller than the house they were in. The big house is 36 ft2 (the other 7 chickens are in there) while the one they have now is only 27 ft2. I had three windows and two doors added as well as waterproofing/roofing. I think they are scared to go in there since it's a small area. We haven't had measurable rain in two months, and it's been hot almost every day so they're been fine to sleep outside in the run but I'm worried once rain and cold do return that they are not going to be smart enough to go in the house. How can I get them to like it in there? I've recently started putting food and water in there (I couldn't earlier while the handyman was still working on it but he's done), and they will run in there fast for that but won't stay. If I were a chicken, I would be scared to sleep outside and watch the foxes walk past just a few feet away! The houses and runs are all predator-proof but, when in the house, the predators and chickens at least can't see each other. In addition to that, one of my ding-a-ling hens is sleeping outside in the other run tonight, all alone, way up high on a roost. I don't know if it's because she's nuts or the other chickens booted her out. She's a naked neck and also molting so almost entirely naked. It's hot and dry tonight but, if it were cold and/or rainy, she could die. 23 years ago, I had a wild turkey hen who was molting and stood out in the 34 degree rain and froze to death when she could have easily walked in to the very same house that the chickens are using today.