The pophole view
In order for the birds to take that first important step outside, the view from the pophole needs to be inviting. The popholes need to be easily accessible. Avoid having a large step or jump up onto the pophole. If the birds cannot see the range to attract them out, it is unlikely many of them will use it. Straw bales can help create a step up to high popholes or alternatively use a ramp. Wide popholes will help encourage range use and if the house has large barn doors, open them to improve range use. It is vital that the view from the popholes shows a range of features offering the hens protection, and allowing them to forage, dustbathe and perch.