5 month old chickens not roosting

angieand3rs2

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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?
 

Melissa F

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10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
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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?
 

Folly's place

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Sep 13, 2011
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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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