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post #1 of 10
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We have 9 White Rock hens (we think all hens) and 1 very large roo.....none of them seem to roost, they hang out near the door to the coop watching the goings on of our two dogs that are penned up......my question is how can you get them to roost?  Part of my concern is they are all about 18 weeks, so laying should start in the next week or so and the next boxes are on the same level (height) as the roost....how will I get them to lay in the boxes?

Thanks for any insight!!

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post #2 of 10

You really need one of the roost to be higher than the nest.  Normally they go to the highest roost.  You might try to shut them up in there coop for a few days to get them to explore the roost more.... Have the nest blocked off until they take to the roost better.

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SPARROW MINISTRIES- Luke 12
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

With love and kindness we would like to offer a token of nourishment for not only the body but for the soul also
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post #3 of 10
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Well none of them roost...that I have seen...the roo and a few of the hens have hopped up there while I am filling the feeder, but not really hanging out up there......

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post #4 of 10

You can wait until after dark and put them up on the roost so they wake there the next morning...  It seems to help when they are slow to learn and have no older hen to follow after.

SPARROW MINISTRIES- Luke 12
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

With love and kindness we would like to offer a token of nourishment for not only the body but for the soul also
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SPARROW MINISTRIES- Luke 12
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

With love and kindness we would like to offer a token of nourishment for not only the body but for the soul also
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post #5 of 10
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LOL...haven't thought about that...we shall see.

Thanks for the idea.

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post #6 of 10

No problem  wink

Good Luck!

SPARROW MINISTRIES- Luke 12
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

With love and kindness we would like to offer a token of nourishment for not only the body but for the soul also
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SPARROW MINISTRIES- Luke 12
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

With love and kindness we would like to offer a token of nourishment for not only the body but for the soul also
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post #7 of 10

I put a golf ball in each nest box. That seemed to help.
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post #8 of 10

So.... my hens are 3 months old and all are sleeping in nest boxes. So I should be blocking off the nest boxes until they are old enough to lay... so they don't get used to sleeping in the next boxes?

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post #9 of 10

Yep. 

Rule 1:  provide roosts of suitable size and height from the get go (within two weeks of hatching) and move up in height and size as the chicks grow.  All roosts should be comfortable, meaning flat side up (no round roosts) and a little wider than the feet are long from front to back, and easy to reach.  They probably won't sleep on them until they are older, but they will get used to perching early on.

Rule 2:  block off nest boxes until they are reliably roosting for the night.

Rule 3:  put at least one roost suitable for all your chickens above the highest nest box and easily accessible, including steps or ladder, etc., to get to the top roost, if necessary.

Rule 4:  they should start roosting on their own, but if not, go in after they are asleep and quietly move them to the roost.  This shouldn't take more than once or twice.

Rule 5:  If none of the above works, eat them.

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I have it on the inside scoop that the chicken came first via priority mail and the egg arrived about 20 weeks later.  Mystery solved!

Hiding out in suburbia with 1 Red Star, 7 Black Stars, 3 Barred Rocks, 1 Buff Rock, 2 Black Australorps and 1 somewhat tolerant wife.
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post #10 of 10

Thanks!  I did have roosts from the get-go but they all seemed to want to cram into two nest boxes instead of on the roosts.  (and yes.. the roosts are higher).  So I would have four chickens in one box and four in the other with the rooster on the perch outside one of the boxes.  Go figure.  So yesterday I blocked off all the nest boxes so they can't get in.  I didn't check last night (son closed up the coop) but I'll keep my eye on it to see what they're doing.  Should be OK though!!  Glad I caught this thread before they got too comfortable sleeping in there!! (and well before they started laying eggs).

"Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.

-Dorothy Thompson

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