We converted a shed into our new chicken coop and moved our seven hens into it this afternoon. In their old coop, they had three thick dowels in a ladder style about 2, 3 and 4 feet high kiddie-corned in one of the coop's corners for roosting bars. In the new coop, my husband used three 2x4s that are about 6 feet long and screwed them to the studs of the shed. So they are about one or 1.5 feet apart going in a ladder style to the back of the shed. They are about 3, 4, and 5 feet high. Our nesting boxes (we have four) are about 18 inches off the floor, which has worked well for our hens. The problem is that the hens basically had no idea where to roost tonight. I went to check to make sure they weren't roosting in the nesting boxes, and sure enough they were. I shooed them out (I don't like the eggs getting dirty and having to clean the boxes all the time) and put some plywood over the boxes. I picked up one of the hens and put her on the lowest roosting bar. She squawked for a few seconds and jumped off. The others seemed to be huddling together under the nesting boxes in the darkest corner of the shed. This is where they still are tonight. So, my questions: Will they eventually find the roosting bars? Is the first one too high at 3 feet? Maybe they are too out in the open, and they would like them better in a corner?