We have 41 5 week old chicks and they will not stay on the roost at night. We go out and put them up and they jump back down. Finally we get tired of moving chicks and come back into the house. Any suggestions?
Yes, mine 'tested' the roost around that age but slept on a shelf.....They started roosting late but on their own. Now I have 2 almost 8 week old chickens that started on they own about a week ago....Go figure (they did not watch the older girls, they are still in quarantine...)
This is actually our thrid group. The first we put on the roost for about 3 nights then they figured it out. The second which included silkies were in a tractor and roosted from a young age. These are EE and Sussexs from Ideal. They are a little over 5 weeks old. The roost and 2x4s so maybe they need to be 1x2s?