First post to this forum, even though we started reading a couple of weeks ago in prep for getting our chickens. They are here! We are the new "parents" of 2 chickens and just had our first full day with them. We built a large, fully secure run area with a coop. Our first main concern is that the girls don't seem to know how to walk up or down the ramp to enter or exit the coop. We put them in last night and closed them in, then when we opened the door this AM we finally had to help them out after an hour. It seemed like they stayed outside all day (gave them treats and water in the run). At dusk we tried to put them back into the coop. What a workout!! We spent 1/2 chasing 2 chickens around to put them in. So....we would LOVE any suggestions on how you teach (?) a chicken to go into the coop. We looked at lots of the coop designs and see that many are elevated. Our coop is prob 1' off the ground with a ramp with slats. Also, if the run area is secure on all sides and the top, do they absolutely need to be put into the coop at night? Will it help them learn to lay there (they are 4 months old and we were told they would begin to lay soon, bought at the 4H fair). Thanks!!