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Chicken won't get on perch at night

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One of my RIRs, Big Red, 8 months old and at the bottom of the pecking order, refuses to get on the perch at night.

Big Red and the roo pal around during the day ... I think she's his regular girlfriend, but he roosts with the older hens on the front perch to maintain his status, I assume. Big Red's sister sleeps on the back perch. There is no one to keep BR from getting up there.

I generally go out at dark and put her on the back perch next to her sister, and she stays. If I go out a little later than dark, I find her sleeping in the hay, under the birds on the front perch. I don't like her to sleep there because the other birds poop on her.

The advice I've read says be consistent and eventually she'll start roosting on the perch on her own, but she hasn't. She's capable of getting up there ... any other ideas?
post #2 of 6

Has she ever roosted at some point and this is new behavior or has she always slept on the floor?

Can you post a picture of your roost setup?

How are her feet? Any sign of bumblefoot?

Any signs of mite/lice?

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Has she ever roosted at some point and this is new behavior or has she always slept on the floor?

Can you post a picture of your roost setup?

How are her feet? Any sign of bumblefoot?

Any signs of mite/lice?


Good questions. Additional thoughts include physical roost space per bird, height of the roosts, access to a "soft landing" when alighting.

 

CT

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If she is low on the totem pole, she's probably staying off the roost for self-protection.  Roosting time can get pretty cutthroat.....even now it takes mine a bit to get settled while the birds higher in the pecking order object to those lower sharing the prime spots on the roost.  It can get a little rough sometimes!  She's most likely given up on roosting just because she's always being bullied from spot to spot.  She feels safe on the floor.  If it was me, I'd leave her alone.  Sleeping on the floor shouldn't hurt her, and as long as she's safe and protected why force her to get up there?

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I know I posted this ages ago; I'm sorry I dropped off my own question!

In the end, we decided it's a pecking-order issue and we've elected to stay out of it. We are, however, considering removing the two perches and installing one long one.

Thank you for your responses!
Edited by overthelimit - 6/4/16 at 8:45am
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I know I posted this ages ago; I'm sorry I dropped off my own question!

In the end, we decided it's a pecking-order issue and we've elected to stay out of it. We are, however, considering removing the two perches and installing one long one.

Thank you for your responses!

Better late than never! :D

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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