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My brahma won't sit on a perch

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Hi iv just bought a mix bunch of girls we found out one is a brahma
The others go to sleep on there perch which is an old wooden ladder. But my brahma wont sit on the perch but sleeps in her nesting box and she poos in her nesting box ,at the moment she is not laying but when she starts do we have to clean it out every day so the poo wont taint the eggs or will she use a diffent nest box.or is the perch to small for her
post #2 of 9

Yes, if you don't prevent her from sleeping in the nest, you'll have to clean it out every day with new nesting material.

 

Is the roost significantly higher than the nest? If not, it should be. In the meantime I would block off the nests in the afternoon so she hasn't the option to sleep there.

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post #3 of 9
The dowel might be too small for her to comfortably balance on.
post #4 of 9

Percheron Chick brings up a good point.

Where are you located adriand?

A lot of people think of birds as perching animals. They can't really perch as well as say a sparrow can. A wider roost (2"+) is better, especially in cold climates.

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Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #5 of 9

Brahmas are heavy breeds. Sometimes their ponderous weight makes them reluctant to try to jump up to a high perch, and some will experience pain when hopping down from a high perch.

 

Therefore, I provide low perches for my heavy breeds, and indeed many of the lighter breeds prefer them, also. I've only noticed very young chicks preferring the highest places on which to perch. All the others are as happy roosting on a perch inches from the ground as they are on one a few feet high.

 

I have a Brahma and a Cochin who stuff themselves together under a nest box, and sleep there on the floor every night, even though there's a low perch right next to them. Talk about lazy.

post #6 of 9

Most of my roosts are relative low and range from 3' to 4' high but in the building with very high roosts 5'-7', the birds continue up into the rafters. I guess it is a matter of perspective. Some of the birds I've had sleep in trees, continue to climb up 15' or more.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 11/27/15 at 10:41am

NPIP 43-813

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Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone I'm going to move the perch maybe do high various heights. Thanks for your advice we are new to chickens so you will be hearing from us again ps buying another 2 tomorrow..... We got the bug
post #8 of 9

If they're from another source than your current birds, quarantine them or you may get more than the chicken bug.

Even if they are from the same source, quarantine is a good idea.

 

http://www.desu.edu/sites/default/files/u538/QandI_2%20pager.pdf

 

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/animal-diseases/poultry/quarantine-advice-for-small-poultry-flocks


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 11/27/15 at 11:18am

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Thank you chicken canoe will do
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