About 30 yrs ago i raised a lot of chickens, ducks. geese etc. etc. After a sojourn in the city I am once again in the country and able to raise a few chickens. I don't remember chickens being this stupid though. I have 15 Dominique chicks about 5 weeks old. Last week i opened up access to their run. They have been too afraid to go out. If i chase them out they return to the coop as soon as I allow them access to it. Seems they would rather set and pant in a hot coop than enter a shaded run. Is it because the the run's entrance is a small pop hole with a ramp instead of a larger door? I never used a pop hole/ramp back in the day as things were on a larger scale back in the day.