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Why do chickens roost?

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Just as the title suggests why do chickens roost to sleep? Also what would be wrong with having chickens just sleeping in the nesting boxes always cozy looking? Thank you
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Because of the tremendous amount of poop a chicken excretes at night, the laying nests would be filthy.

 

Chickens roosts to efficiently allow the poop to just drop.  Further, a chicken feels secure roosting up high.  Their feet are designed for "locking" around a tree branch ie, the roosting bar.

 

 

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Splendid answer, thank you very much!
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