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post #11 of 14
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Funny, I was watching my flock going into their coop for their sleeping positions and several of them seem to tussle over one or two spots which for reasons I cannot begin to understand seems to be a coveted spot.  First image is the perches before they went to sleep.  Second image, These two want to squeeze into spots that don't exist by wedging between two birds already in position.  In the third image, they were able to squeeze in, but look how much space is still available to the right.  the third image is IR showing their final sleeping position after dark.  Funny how they squeeze into the space in back where the two boards intersect.  Believe it or not there are 11 birds there. So they never even took advantage of the extra room available to maneuver, they just squeeze into spots that they seem to think were reserved for them. Reminds me of two people fighting over a pre-assigned seat on an airplane for which both passengers have tickets. 

 

post #12 of 14

That is funny, and typical based on what mine do. I think my birds are related to yours. I just got in from checking them about 1/2 hour ago and as they do every night, and just like yours, they were crammed on the far end of the roost. I have 9 Leghorns and 16 Barred Rocks, and four of the Leghorns always roost on a short piece of 2X6 that I attached to the studs to hold the joist hanger that supports the end of one of the 2X4's. I have no idea why they roost there - I'd think it would be a lot more uncomfortable than the 2X4 but they squeeze together on it with their heads facing the wall about an inch away. Who knows what chickens think.

 

By the way, that's a nice setup you have there with the camera and all. Your coop looks awfully nice too. Your gals should consider themselves fortunate.

post #13 of 14
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Thanks,  One of the benefits or maybe it's a curse, is that with the cameras, I can watch their behavior and as a result, I have made numerous modifications to accommodate them.  For example, when I saw that the late arrivals wanted to get up on the left side but there was no easy way for them to access it, I added a parallel rung below it.  This is before and after. 

post #14 of 14

That is a great benefit that I never thought of. I'd love to have a camera so I could watch and see which birds are laying and how often once they start. It'd also be beneficial when they start slowing down after they peak so you could make accurate decisions on which birds to cull and when. Right now I'm just thinking I'll cull all of them all at one time when aggregate production drops to a certain point since they're all the same age. That way I can start a new flock when it's time and not to have to go through the work of integrating birds which sounds like a pain. After talking to my neighbors I found out they're all ok with me getting a rooster in the future so I'm thinking after this flock I might expand to 3-5 flocks/lines for both breeding for production and eggs. The only difficult thing is deciding which variety to breed since there's so many good ones. I really love the Barred Rocks and White Leghorns and they're both supposed to produce really well. I read Leghorns aren't very good mothers and rarely go broody so I don't know if I'd want to breed them. Also if someone's going to breed chickens it would be nice to breed rare or threatened breeds so you could help add to the population. I guess by raising several flocks the attributes of birds such as Leghorns and their high egg production becomes less of an issue since you'd have a much higher volume of eggs being laid every day. Anyway I'm getting off topic here, but yes, I really like your setup. You did a great job.

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