15 week old chickens still not roosting at night

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by karenviolin, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. karenviolin

    karenviolin Just Hatched

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    Hey everyone, I"m just wondering if I should be worrying about this or not. When they wake up in the morning the first thing they do is go perch on the large stick that we have in our run. However, they are still sleeping together in a corner inside the coop. Should I just wait it out? I read a few places on this forum that sometimes it takes as long as 6 months for them to roost. They were all chicks together, and there are no older chickens...any advice?
     
  2. Palmer64

    Palmer64 New Egg

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    When I have chicks that do this, I wait til it starts getting dark and put them up. After a couple of times they catch on
     
  3. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many chickens do you have and what does your roost look like? THey like routine and changing their sleep patterns can be stressful to them in some instances.
     
  4. karenviolin

    karenviolin Just Hatched

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    The roost is definitely wide enough. We have 3 chickens....a rhode island red, plymouth rock and an Ameruacana. The funny thing is that when they were babies they would sleep on the little roost we gave them for at lease part of the night. Here's a pic of when they first went into the coop. You can seen the roost bar in the back. We have the nesting boxes sectioned off because I didnt want them to sleep in them...

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  5. karenviolin

    karenviolin Just Hatched

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    We'll try that. My husband went out there one night and tried to put them up there, but they kinda freaked out.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  7. karenviolin

    karenviolin Just Hatched

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    So we went out last night at like 11pm. It's was no problem with the Plymouth Rock and the ameruacana but the Rhode Island Red totally flipped out- lol. Maybe I didn't get a good enough grip on her. I got them all up there, hopefully they stayed that way! We'll go out again and try the same thing.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    They can freak...lol!! ...especially if they've not been handled alot, just keep at it, they will get used to being touched.
     
  9. karenviolin

    karenviolin Just Hatched

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    Ok so it's been 3 nights now that we've gone in at night and put them up on the roost. They stay there all night but still aren't getting up there on their own. How long should we keep doing this? Should I just let them do what they want to do and leave it alone? Cleanup is so much easier if they would just use the roost!!!
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Well, you can keep doing it..... or not..... it's up to you.

    It can take real persistence to 'change' a birds bad habits, 3 times isn't always enough.
    I have been covering the nests in the early evenings to keep the pullets from roosting in them for a couple months.
    They finally seemed to have stopped, fingers crossed, been 3 nights now.

    I don't think you answered my previous questions:
     

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