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New mama of four baby chicks

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At what age do chicks enjoy roosting? Thinking of building one when the time is right.

Thanks,

Nova

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My experience has been around 4 to 6 weeks of age....although they will begin to practice on small sticks if appropriately placed at younger ages....so if you are artificially brooding them, around 3 weeks of age you should put in a small pole that is fairly low to the floor for practice. (They are pretty funny until they get the hang of it.)

 

The hen will teach them to roost just before she fledges them. It is often a sign that she is about to cut the apron strings.

 

And then some of them just never know when to let go....

LofMc

 


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 1/17/16 at 7:51pm
Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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