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    Chickens with plenty of room choose to sleep in a pile

    Update: after adding some extra lighting around dusk and manually putting them on the roost for a few nights in a row they got the hang of it
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    Chickens with plenty of room choose to sleep in a pile

    No windows, just a vent. I used some solar fairy lights that kicked on at dusk to train them and that worked well. When it got dark out, the sensor turned on the lights in the coop and they all went in. Worked like a charm.
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    Chickens with plenty of room choose to sleep in a pile

    I was always told they have an instinct to roost and seek it out to be off the ground a bit. But then again I had to train my girls to go in when it gets dark, which is also supposed to be an instinct so i was worried they are stressed or something
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    Chickens with plenty of room choose to sleep in a pile

    Good idea, I will consider putting a ladder in. My roost is made out of an old branch so it doesn’t really have a flat side, but I made sure it is an appropriate diameter. I have some 2x4 scraps lying around so I might give them some options
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    Chickens with plenty of room choose to sleep in a pile

    I have some ceramic nest eggs in the nesting boxes since they only started laying about 2 weeks ago. I will probably take them out soon. I haven’t noticed any of the normal broody behaviors. Our black Australorp is pretty dominant and she likes to hang out back there so I think they just follow...
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    Chickens with plenty of room choose to sleep in a pile

    Hello everyone! I have 9 hens, about 6 months old, who insist in sleeping directly on top of each other instead of roosting or otherwise spreading out. Is this normal behavior? Their coop is a converted 8’x10’ metal shed with a 7’ roost. I have tried a few different roost but it doesn’t make a...
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