14 week old chickens roosting in wrong place

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aitchbe, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. aitchbe

    aitchbe Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2008
    My young chickens (two RIR and two Wyandottes) are roosting on my fence at night and not in the coop. I have two RIR adults who roost in there too. Every night I move them inside so they will wake up with the other hens. One of the young ones has roosted on her own in the coop once or twice but last night she was outside again. I also tried leaving them closed in the coop all day without the adults, then throwing the older girls inside.

    Any suggestions? I live in Detroit. For now, being on the fence is ok because it is hot. But come fall, they will need to be inside. This is my first experience integrating older and younger birds and it's been less than smooth.

    thanks for any help

  2. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Carolina
    I used to have 5 or 6 chickens lined up on my fence that would roost there each night. One of my chickens roosts on top of the GRILL!! [​IMG] ..
    Each night, I put each chicken in the coop. It took awhile to get them all trained to go back to the coop...now one roosts on the fence. Im trying to get her to go in by herself.
    Good Luck and I hope you get them roosting in the right place!

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