Originally Posted by KeMe
I worked several hours designing a beautiful corner roosts with 1 1/2" wooden closet rods. I made it at just the right angle for my 12 GLW girls to have plenty of room and not be able to peck each other on their heads and not poop on each other's backs.
They don't like it!
They like to snuggle in a corner like they did when they were chicks.
They have been laying eggs for about a month and they still won't get on the roosts at night. Sometimes, they like to sit on it during the day, but not at night.
They aren't really pooping in the corner where they sleep.
I suppose that if I'm getting 8 to 11 eggs a day, it really doesn't matter where they sleep.
Should I be concerned? If so, what can I do other than spend the night with them and keep on putting them up on the roosts all night.
(That's not going to happen.)
Sounds like you did your homework, insuring the slant of the roost keeps the higher birds from pooping on the lower ones. That design flaw is one reason an entire flock tries to get to the top perch.
Anyway, perching habits in a flock are more interesting that perch material. Right now I have a mixed flock. Some of the hens are over 3 years old. The rest of the flock are Spring chicks from last year. I have two roosters, one 2 years old, and the other is the same age as the pullets. The hierarchy which developed is fascinating.
The young rooster and the pullets all slept in one corner of the coop, while the elder birds got the roost, in order of their established pecking order. The older rooster, and his favorite girls, all took the top perch, Below that were the younger, and less favored hens. The young rooster and the pullets were not allowed to sleep on the roost.
Then I noticed that the roost was becoming slowly populated by the pullets. But those were no longer pullets. As each of the young pullets became a "hen" (started laying) it was allowed to roost with the other hens.
They are all now using the roost. The bottom rung, far right, is reserved for the young rooster. He's still confused about his role in life.