We are brand new chicken owners - about 30 days. We built a chicken arc and moved the 4-week old chicks in last week. We kept them in the "upstairs" part for about a week and then opened the ramp so that they could spend the days down on the ground. All of them slowly found their way down there, but most can't seem to find their way back up the ramp to the food and water. We have to lift the whole coop up to get them and put them manually in the "upstairs" fully protected part and they eat and drink much at that time. Will they really starve themselves if we don't put them up there (are they stupid?)? Will they eventually go up on their own in the night so they can eat and drink? We thought that keeping the food and water up there would help them learn to go back up, but it doesn't seem to be working. Can they "smell" food and water? Any ideas or help? Beth Rene'