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Hens will not roost in top of hen house

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Hi, I have a small flock of 5 hens and 2 rooster.. My flock has a two story hen house. However the hen house was used for something else years ago and we converted to hen house last year,...anyway to get to the second floor there was a tree trunk which the hens where using just fine to go up and roost in the top... However I got the bright idea that a ramp with step things would be easier for them ( should have left well enough alone) I spent weeks trying to get them to use the ramp thinking they would get use to it ...they didn't .... So finally gave up and put the tree trunk back in ..... Now they won't use it either ... They are roosting on top of there laying boxes and only using half of there house ....any ideas how to get them to roost back in the top would be wonderfull.
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You might just give it more time, and see if they relearn the old roost site.  If they've decided that the new location is nicer, that won't work.  Pictures would help here, and making the top of the nest boxes unusable will help too.  Mary

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Yes pics might help us pinpoint any issues....but just putting them where you want them after dark can work too.

 

You made a change, they don't like that, you need to help them get over it by 'forcing' them to use the new 'thing'. 

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Yep, tough love. Move them after dark and leave them locked in there overnight. They may catch on quickly or they may be stubborn and require some repeat performances, but with persistence you can win this.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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