I have a small flock of four Sexlinks, 1 is about a year old and the others are 5 months. Since my younger girls are going to lay soon, we decided to "expand" their coop a little bit... We originally converted a large doghouse into a coop but has no room for nesting boxes, so we planned on added them later once everyone was laying. So we took the "dog house coop" and propped it on up stilts about 24 inches off the ground, we removed one wall and expanded it to create a nesting area, and moved the door from the front where it originally was and made a large door in the floor for them; approximately 10" x 12" with a ramp leading down to the ground below. We thought this would open up the inside of the coop, giving them more room, and also allow us to keep their food/water outside just underneath the coop. They can't figure out how to get OUT of the coop! They can go in with no problem; to roost or lay, but getting back out just doesn't seem to compute. It's been 24 hours, and they all did make it out earlier this morning, but when my 1-yr-old went back inside to lay, she couldn't get back out and just sat on her perch screaming at the top of her lungs. I'm not sure what to do... will they figure it out eventually? Or did we just ruin a perfectly good coop but cutting a hole in the floor? Pics below... Original design... circa last fall. View of the inside... those nest boxes aren't there anymore... You can see how tall we made it here... The coop on stilts now.. I know the ramp is a little steep, but it that ok??