I got a new flock of 26 birds (Rhode Island Reds) straight from a breeding mill - 19 weeks old. 1 Rooster and 25 hens. Only 6 of them roost at night. The other 20 of them huddle in a corner, on the ground, near the door of the coop. About a week ago I installed a low roosting bar, about 5 inches off the ground, in the hopes they they would get used to resting on the bar. However still only 6 roost at night. There is plenty of roosting space on the higher bars, and the last flock of 15 I had would all roost at night.
Is there a way to make them roost at night? I prefer them to be on the roosting bars because I have a poop catcher below them. They make a mess if they just pick a random corner to spend the night.
PS - They are 23 weeks old now, and I got 23 eggs today. The most yet!