Mine won't even use the roost. I bought one of those pre-fab "made-in-China" coops 'cause I needed something in a hurry...was losing birds to predation in the original chicken house. It has a roost pole, but it's up so high that there's no room for a lb bird under the top, and no good way to lower it.
So, I put up with it, for now; I'll eventually replace the coop with one I build myself.
what kinda predation
Yesterday was day 4 when I usually start turning the eggs. Yes, i candle while they are sitting just to see what's going on. Oh, and I gave my husband an earful about the humidity, because for day 14 for batch 1, they haven't changed in aircells much at all from day 7, less than 1/4 inch below the line I had made for day 7, except one who's saddle cell is becoming more prominent.
gotcha! and good on candlin sitting! and I bet hubs loved that earful!!! well hope he is happy with one egg! get his butt in gear woman!! whip whip whip or whoop whoop whoop
good news!! how did the new silkies fair overnight?