I have 11 chickens that are from 10 to 18 weeks old. (See the picture.)
They are good about going into the coop at dusk, and they all are able to climb up to the roost pole, which is about 8-10 inches above the poop board. Usually, six of them get onto the roost pole, but five insist on huddling together on the poop board. If I move them onto the roost pole, they stay there overnight (as evidenced by the poop,) but I don't really want to go out every night and move the five recalcitrant hens.
The roost pole is eight feet long, and four inches wide, so there is plenty of room. The rooster (Big Boy James, also pictured) is almost always on the pole, and one of the BCM hens is next to him; the four buff chicks are bunched together on the opposite end of the pole, but the three RIRs and two of the BCM hens are on the poop board underneath James.
What to do?
Edited by tracecom - 9/20/14 at 1:15pm