I have a mixed bunch of chickens I am getting ready to put in new poop board and lower roosts . But as of yet my silkies will not go on a roost what should I do. They just starting to lay they sleep under the bigger girls and are pooped on all night and not only do they lay in everyone else poop they sleep in their own.and are now laying their eggs there to. they will not even jump 2inches to go in the nesting boxes which I show them every day after I put their fresh egg in it. HELP.I also made them a little roost like I saw on amazon they rather lay in ****.
Silkies are a breed unlike any other. My Silkies have slept in a nestbox since day 1. If your Silkies are insisting on sleeping on the floor bedding in the same spot, set a covered cat litter box with straw or shavings inside for them to sleep inside and that way the girls above can't poop on the Silkies. This is something that usually you can't break a Silkie. They love to sleep in a pile on a floor or nestbox. We have to clean the Silkie nestbox every day but that's part of being a chicken owner. To me Silkie hens are a breed behaviorally different from other chickens and EE and Ameraucana hens are behaviorally different from other breeds too - spookier, kookier, jittery, jumpy, skittish, wary, alert but very sweet non-combative temperaments where they prefer to flee rather than fight. Knowing the behavior of the breeds you choose for the backyard can be a great help in understanding why certain birds behave the way they do.