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My chicken is roosting in a tree not the coop...Help!

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This is my 1st year raising chickens and so far it has been awesome!!! But over the last few weeks one of my chickens won’t roost in the coop at night and roosts in a nearby tree, so I have to climb the tree and put him in the coop. it’s a pain but it wasn’t that bad till the last few days there have been 2 chickens in the tree and then tonight there were 3. Is there something I can do to discourage them from roosting there? Is there something wrong with my coop? The only thing I can think of is we just realized on of our chicks is a rooster, could that be the reason they don’t want to go into the coop?

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Bump!  I'm having the same problem!  It started with my leghorn Roo and and lady friend, but last night it was all 8 of them! (I also have a sebright roo).

 

What should I do?  They are completely free ranging...  Would removing the Roos from the pack make a difference?  (I'm extra motivated to give them away because they are super loud and being up in a tree crowing all night makes it worse)

post #3 of 21

Chickens feel safer roosting higher up so the trees are probably the best place that they can see, I have a tree in the back garden but my chickens have never attempted to roost in it though they are not of a breed that can fly well so this could be why as some chickens fly better than others! this is definitely to be discouraged though as it leaves them open to predators, all I can suggest is that you go out there before they go to roost and encourage them into the coop with some scratch and then close them in for the night, doing this for a few weeks should break them out of the habit hopefully!

Predators aren't nasty just because they kill your chickens they are simply trying to survive just like the rest of us.
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Predators aren't nasty just because they kill your chickens they are simply trying to survive just like the rest of us.
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post #4 of 21

This is moving up on my urgent scale - I have two missing this morning :( My leghorn roo and my favorite BR).  The bribing them in at dinner time worked for 2 days, but last night I didn't get home until 45m before sunset and they were already up in the trees.

 

Stupid chickens :(

post #5 of 21

Mine seem to roost where they want. I have one roo that refuses to roost he just sits on the ground. They have ample room so I don't know what his deal is either.

The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be!

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The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be!

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You must lock them in the coop, and do what it takes so they can no longer access the tree because owls will remove them at night one by one til all are gone. Either cut off the lower limbs or fence that tree off. Lob water balloons at them...whatever it takes so they know it's off limits and/or not safe place to roost. It usually takes three days of coop confinement to change a pattern, but whatever you decide, do it soon.
post #7 of 21

They are going to be so sad if I lock them up... They were stir crazy after a long weekend we went away and they stayed in the coop/run.  But, I can't risk it, 3 days will be up before the weekend, and then I can work on the 'scare' factor in certain areas too.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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You must lock them in the coop, and do what it takes so they can no longer access the tree because owls will remove them at night one by one til all are gone. Either cut off the lower limbs or fence that tree off. Lob water balloons at them...whatever it takes so they know it's off limits and/or not safe place to roost. It usually takes three days of coop confinement to change a pattern, but whatever you decide, do it soon.
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I went away for a long weekend and when I came back is when it had started, I feel like they roost in the trees because they know they can get out when ever they want. I'm going to try the water balloon idea. We had tried just shaking the limbs but then they associate the fear with us and I don't want that...at least a water balloon they may not know where it is coming from.

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I hope you find your ladies I would be so scared, my boyfriend gets mad everynight when I make him climb the trees to get them out, but I would be so sad if something happened to them and I knew I could have prevented it but just cimbing the tree. Good Luck

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Originally Posted by Achickenwrangler#1 View Post

You must lock them in the coop, and do what it takes so they can no longer access the tree because owls will remove them at night one by one til all are gone. Either cut off the lower limbs or fence that tree off. Lob water balloons at them...whatever it takes so they know it's off limits and/or not safe place to roost. It usually takes three days of coop confinement to change a pattern, but whatever you decide, do it soon.
post #10 of 21

I was throwing food at them last night and it didn't work... I like the water balloon idea too - I might even just squirt them with a gun...

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Originally Posted by juliemcummings View Post

I went away for a long weekend and when I came back is when it had started, I feel like they roost in the trees because they know they can get out when ever they want. I'm going to try the water balloon idea. We had tried just shaking the limbs but then they associate the fear with us and I don't want that...at least a water balloon they may not know where it is coming from.

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