My husband built our coop, (it's terrific, and I'll post pictures soon). He studied lots of other coop designs, and built the hole and ladder according to what he learned, so we are sure that it is pretty standard. The problem is, our 4 buff orps and 4 gold-laced wyandottes (7 weeks old each) don't seem to be able to figure out how to use the ladder. They seem to love being in the runs, but, although we lower the ladder every morning, and close it back up at sundown, they can't use it. We occasionally carry them out of the coop and then have to round them up and carry them back in at the end of the day, just so they can get some scratching and exercise and sun, and as I said, they do seem to enjoy their time outside. Will they figure it out eventually? Does "Mum" usually teach her chicks this skill? (we raised them from 3-day old hatchlings). Anything we can do to help, or are they just still too young to have figured this out? Thanks for any help you can give, we do appreciate it!