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Will my older girls share the roost?

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So, I've got 8 ten month old pullets and 9 three week old chicks. I've built a roosting area that has plenty of room with a long ladder for them to reach the high roost. I'm curious about the time when the chicks will also want to roost off the ground. I just don't know if the older birds will share the roosting area or if there will be a problem? Of course they grow fast ... I suspect the chicks will want to go to the roost soon ... what can I expect?

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I had the same problem as you. I think that I can help you better if you can tell me if they have been introduced yet.
Back yard chicken owner of one white silkie four barnyard bantams and two ee's (RIP the third) As well as two buff orpingtons a pair of gold and silver laced wyandottes a black sex link and a rhode island red.
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Back yard chicken owner of one white silkie four barnyard bantams and two ee's (RIP the third) As well as two buff orpingtons a pair of gold and silver laced wyandottes a black sex link and a rhode island red.
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Yes, they have been introduced. They were raised with just chicken wire separating them ... now they have been fully integrated. They all run together. The chicks have been accepted by the older girls. But the chicks haven't tried to climb to the roost as yet and I'm wondering if they will be allowed to share or should I build a new ladder ... but I suspect the older birds would just take over the new ladder as well.

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3 weeks might be young yet for roosting.

How high is roost?

Pic of roost and 'ladder' please?

 

You could try putting them up there to see if they can get and down.

The older birds might still try to keep them off the roost.

I put up separate roosts for younger birds, at just a bit lower than the main roost.


Edited by aart - 12/13/15 at 8:31am

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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