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how do I get my chickens to sleep on the roost?

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My speckled sussex hens are now 13 weeks old.  They still sleep piled on top of each other.  They have no problem being on the roost during the day.  This week I put their nesting box in (with the opening unaccessible) just to take up space and force the issue.  No go.  I'm loosing hope that they are ever going to learn to roost.  Any thoughts?

post #2 of 11

They'll get to it when they are ready.  It's not bad for them either way - roosting or on the floor. 

Patience grasshopper.  wink

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #3 of 11

Enjoy your pile of chicks while you can - they grow up so very fast.  smile

post #4 of 11

I agree. I give my chicks a roost as soon as they hatch. Also since they  are used to having a light I put a 7 watt night light in their coop. I don't know if it would work for you but know mine use the roost.

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post #5 of 11

Mine hang out on the roosts all day too.  But when they call each other to bed, they go to the back corner.  At first, just two were on the roost at night.  Last night after the girls went to bed, I peeked in and 5 were on the roost.  celebrate  I guess eventually they'll all do it.  It doesn't really hurt anything (at least I don't *think* so?) , so I'm ok with them roosting at their own pace.


Edited by off-grid hen - 6/11/11 at 5:34am
Off the grid since 1998. Wife to a wonderful DH of 10 years, Mommy to a fantastic 7 year old little boy and 23 chickens. Partridge Rocks, Dominiques, Rose Comb Brown Leghorns, EE's Welsummer, and some mutts. I have also started raising meat birds.


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Off the grid since 1998. Wife to a wonderful DH of 10 years, Mommy to a fantastic 7 year old little boy and 23 chickens. Partridge Rocks, Dominiques, Rose Comb Brown Leghorns, EE's Welsummer, and some mutts. I have also started raising meat birds.


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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/499098/woods-on-wheels-update-added-more-photos
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post #6 of 11

You can try physically placing them on the roost for a few evenings and they should get the hang of it. I did that one night and the next night all were on roost. Like yours, mine were all bunching up in a corner of the floor.

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post #7 of 11

provide a roost close to the ground outside, and they'll find it quickly.  otherwise, they'll find your roost when they're ready

we never had roosts, until recently


Edited by Saltysteele - 6/11/11 at 5:46am
post #8 of 11

Glad to read this.  My chickies are almost 6 weeks old, and have no interest in roosting.  They do pile up to sleep, and it's very sweet.  My only concern is that they seem to want to stay down in the covered run, and not go "upstairs" into the coop itself.  I worry about safety, but so far so good.

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3 Easter Eggers, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Australorp, 1 Salmon Faverolle, 1 Speckled Sussex
3 dogs - goldie, goldie-newfie mix, border collie mix, 2 college students - lots of chaos!

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post #9 of 11

My brooder raised chicks usually don't start roosting until they are around 10 to 12 weeks old.  With some people, it is earlier and with some it is a lot later.  I see no benefit to forcing the issue.  They will roost when they are ready.

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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post #10 of 11

I posted my comment, went out to check on the girlies, and found my Faverolle was making me a liar!  There she was, perching on the roost like she owned it.  Just like kids - they will do it in their own time, I suppose.

3 Easter Eggers, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Australorp, 1 Salmon Faverolle, 1 Speckled Sussex
3 dogs - goldie, goldie-newfie mix, border collie mix, 2 college students - lots of chaos!

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3 Easter Eggers, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Australorp, 1 Salmon Faverolle, 1 Speckled Sussex
3 dogs - goldie, goldie-newfie mix, border collie mix, 2 college students - lots of chaos!

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