I am new to all of this. I got 3 Barred Rock hens last week. One is 1year and 2 are 6 1/2 months. I have a two story coop. Enclosed on top with run on the bottom. The ramp is on the inside. The older hen goes down to the bottom all day and returns to the coop at dusk. The younger girls will not go down the ramp at all. Twice I have "helped" them and then locked them down there so they could see how to get there and how nice it is. They run back up the ramp at the first opportunity. Do they just need time? Should I put the food down there to encourage them? They are pretty skittish and not sure of me yet. Big Momma, as I have dubbed her has no problems at all. Laverne and Shirley need fly the coop once in a while.