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Chickens sleeping in nest box, won't use the roosting bar.

post #1 of 26
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So like the title says, my hens have just ben cuddling up in their nest box instead of sitting on their roosting bar. At first I had it too low(only a few inches from the floor)m, but a few weeks ago I raised it to about 1 1/2 feet from the floor, and they still seem uninterested.

Is there anything I can do to encourage them to stay out of the boxes(unless they're laying) and use the pole? Today I found them roosting in my lemon tree, which leaves me even more puzzled as to why they don't like the bar in their coop.

I usually go outside at midnight - 1 am to check where they're sleeping too, and it is always the nest box.hmm

Here's a few pictures:

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So what can I do to encourage them to roost on the pole? And stay out of the nest boxes? Thanks!

post #2 of 26

I have heard the suggestion to block off the boxes so they have to choose the floor or the roost.  My babies did this at first but now prefer being higher and roosting.  They like "evolved" into the roost.

post #3 of 26

How old are they??

When mine were younger they would roost or lay in the box even before they were laying.  If you are worried about them getting broody then block the nesting box off with a piece of cardboard.  I sometimes had to set them up on the roosting pole to try and get them to figure it out.  Kind of like a kid on a bicycle.  Eventually they figured it out.  Yours look small still and still have some time until they get it all worked out. 

Another thing I did was put a roosting pole in the brooder and I now have one in the coop and the run.  They have fun running around and hopping up and down now.

Best of luck!

1 wonderful husband, 2 black kitty-cats with attitudes, 2 RIR who run the roost (Lucy and Ruby) and 2 Ameraucanas (Butters and Mama B) (all are my world)
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post #4 of 26

My 3 girls insisted on sleeping in the nesting boxes instead of the roost area. I read that you can block off the nesting boxes until they are ready to use them. I did that and it forces them to sleep in the roosting area. After a month I thought they had the idea down so I removed the boxes I had blocking the nesting area and the very first night they were back to sleeping in the nesting boxes. Today, one of my girls layed her first egg in the nesting box where they also sleep. So, I guess it doesn't really matter. I was told you would have poop on them but hers was very clean.

proud mom to Lucy(NHR), Gladys(BO) and Pearl(WL) and married to the best husband in the world, Tom.
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post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 

They're 9 weeks old right now, they've been in the coop for a little over 2 weeks. I'll try blacking off the boxes and see what they do. I've tried setting them on the poles but they just jump off.

I'll keep you guys updated on what they do tonight.smile

post #6 of 26

Jack,
  By the way, it looks like the inside of your coop is very similar to the one I have. Did you have the lower roostin bars going across the roost area? Looks like you raised the bar and turned it sideways? If so, my coop has a door right there, I was wondering how you mounted the bar higher. Thanks!

proud mom to Lucy(NHR), Gladys(BO) and Pearl(WL) and married to the best husband in the world, Tom.
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post #7 of 26

Ours were doing the same thing but we cracked the problem by waiting until they were getting sleepy then sneaking into the coop and picking them and putting them on the perch. It only took a couple of days before they got the message and have been sleeping there ever since.

We also put a little ladder up to help them get up. Even though they are now 21 weeks, they often still climb the wooden ladder to bed!

Try shining a torch onto the perch just as they start to settle. Our are very nosy and love to investigate!

post #8 of 26

They are babies still.  They will figure it out, just be patient. You will get more impatient waiting for eggs...just wait! barnie

1 wonderful husband, 2 black kitty-cats with attitudes, 2 RIR who run the roost (Lucy and Ruby) and 2 Ameraucanas (Butters and Mama B) (all are my world)
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post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by urban-chick-mom 

Jack,
  By the way, it looks like the inside of your coop is very similar to the one I have. Did you have the lower roostin bars going across the roost area? Looks like you raised the bar and turned it sideways? If so, my coop has a door right there, I was wondering how you mounted the bar higher. Thanks!


Did you order yours from Hayneedle online? If so then you have the same exact coop as me. I just raised the bar by wedging it between the walls. It should work for you too. If the walls aren't tight enough to wedge your bar in, I would unscrew the little mount and screw it in high up.

Let me know if you have any trouble.

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Originally Posted by Jack_M 
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Originally Posted by urban-chick-mom 

Jack,
  By the way, it looks like the inside of your coop is very similar to the one I have. Did you have the lower roostin bars going across the roost area? Looks like you raised the bar and turned it sideways? If so, my coop has a door right there, I was wondering how you mounted the bar higher. Thanks!


Did you order yours from Hayneedle online? If so then you have the same exact coop as me. I just raised the bar by wedging it between the walls. It should work for you too. If the walls aren't tight enough to wedge your bar in, I would unscrew the little mount and screw it in high up.

Let me know if you have any trouble.


Thanks for the info! We did not buy it from Hayneedle. Purchased it through Craig's List. It is very similar but not the same. I can't raise the bar because there is a door on the other side.

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