I have 4 chickens and an inherited coop from the previous tenants. It is tall enough to stand up inside. It's a 4x4' square footprint and 8' tall on one side and maybe 6' on the other with a slanted roof. The nest boxes were already built in and are designed quite well. There is an access door on the outside that rests perfectly on the railing of a staircase. If I move the nest boxes at all it will throw off this nice feature (and due to the recycled / pieced-together nature of this coop the nest box makes up part of a wall). Anyway... The nest box's are about 5' up. When I first added some perches, they would always sleep in the nest boxes because they were higher than the perches. So then I figured I didn't want all their poop in there so I made a perch even higher -- right at 6'. They love it up there -- but they can't get down! The few times I've waited around to see them try it was ugly -- flapping, tumbling, squawking, etc. If we open the coop door they'll gracelessly jump - fly out, but they aren't excited about it. Is there any way that they will go down that isn't just jumping off? I made 2 attempts: 1) add more perches that were easy to jump to and didn't have a big drop between then. No luck. They would use them sometimes going up or they would just skip over them -- they never jump *down* to another perch. 2) Add 3 large platforms in a stepped fashion. 2 drops of 15" and 1 drop of 12" and then easy access to the floor. I tried placing them on them and they just don't like jumping down on to another platform. Gaaah! There is one wall we can cut into to let them jump into their run which should work, but that would still require a platform and for them to jump down 15" or so. Does anyone have any ideas? Has anyone else ever run into this problem? Thanks!