5 month old chickens not roosting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by angieand3rs2, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. angieand3rs2

    angieand3rs2 New Egg

    Dec 12, 2015
    I need some advice- my 5 month old barred rocks and orpingtons are still sleeping on the floor of the coop at night. The roosting bars aren't too high, so I can't figure out why they aren't roosting at night yet. Any suggestions?
  2. Melissa F

    Melissa F Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Central PA
    Mine slept on the floor for the longest time, too. I had older birds who were roosting, so I figured maybe they weren't letting the young ones on the roost. But now my younger chickens are 7 months and I just noticed them finally sleeping on the roost at night. I didn't do anything different, so I don't really have any advice...maybe just wait it out?
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! Your youngsters don't have older flockmates to show them the way. You could go out at night and move them up onto the roost, or just wait for them to wise up. Pictures of your coop might help here too. Mary

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