I have a small (4ft X 4ft X 6 ft high) coop for my three 20 week old pullets. They have a perch about 3 feet high made from a thick wooden closet pole. They have no problem flying up to the perch and roosting all night and they hve perched on it for over 3 months. I'm concerned about them getting down without hurting themselves. In the morning when I open the coop door they generally take turns literally flying through the coop door out into the chicken yard. They are not the best flyers and have landed on each other or colided in mid-air before. (When they were younger and smaller it was easier for them, but now they are full size hens.) They always land with a heavy thump or brake with their wings out and skid to a stop with their feet. It is only a 3 foot drop, but they have to fly over 10 feet to clear the door of the coop and the front porch... I don't want them to get a broken wing or foot from a bad landing. I built a sort of ladder for them to use, but they chose NOT to use the ladder...instead wait for the door to open and fly the coop. I have also set them down one at a time -safely, but they prefer not to be picked up (although I am willing to do this every morning). Maybe I should keep the door closed a day or two so they can figure out how to maneuver within the coop? They have food and water in the bottom of their coop, but instead of going down to get an early breakfast, they usually wait for me to open their door -so they can fly out. It also concerns me if I'm sick or get to the coop late, will they hop down to eat and get water on their own? A couple of times they were down when the door was opened in the morning, but only once or twice. Also, what if they need to lay an egg (when they start laying), will they be smart enough to fly down and get in the nest box? I'm wondering if I should lower their perch so they can hop down more safely on their own. Any ideas? Do your chickens fly off their perches? Is it normal for chickens to fly out of their coop?