19 1/2 weeks and STILL not roosting?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by EggieRowe, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. EggieRowe

    EggieRowe Chillin' With My Peeps

    I figured once we were knocking on 20 weeks door I'd be in egg count down mode. I'm still in roosting count down mode. [​IMG]
    Around 15 weeks my lone roo, a SSH, started roosting. A week later he was joined by an EE, then the next week by another EE and an Australorp. Then no new comers to the roost for the last two weeks. The other 17 hens still nest in the corner of the coop on the floor. Since they seem to think this corner is the most secure, I built their nest boxes just above this area. I thought changing the area up would encourage them to move to the roosts - nope. At this point should I block off that corner? Or start putting them onto the roosts at night when they are asleep? I've seen most of them hang out on the roosts during the day, but at night they fight over the corner spot and pile on top of each other like terrified chicks. What do I do, if anything?
  2. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2011
    Ignore them. Really doesn't matter where they choose to roost as long as they are comfortable.
  3. EggieRowe

    EggieRowe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Having most of them sleeping in a corner has had one advantage - I just have to shovel out the bedding in the corner once a week and top off to keep it fresh smelling in there.

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