7 week old chickens huddling

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by skinnycatfish, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. skinnycatfish

    skinnycatfish In the Brooder

    Oct 15, 2009
    I am curious if it is normal behavior for my birds to be huddling together on the floor in the smallest of spaces at night. They have a lovely coop with two big windows and it seems that they are trying to get as far from the windows as possible. They don't roost, they crowd together on the floor right in front of the door. Is it possible that they dislike the windows? The coop is not drafty and it makes no difference whether their heat lamp is left on or not, so I don't think that it is temp. related. Same spot every night.
    Just basically wondering if we have made a mistake by putting two big windows on either side of the coop on the end where their roosts are. Anyone seen the same behavior?

  2. ace6175

    ace6175 Songster

    May 9, 2009
    Mine did that too when I first moved them into the coop. After awhile, they figured out how to roost.
  3. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    Pick them up when it's almost dark and set them on the roost. You can do that a few nights and they may begin to get the idea. Mine roost in front of a window with no problems. Maybe a coon was looking in and scared them? [​IMG]
  4. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    Another thought - be sure your coop is secure. Anything getting in there may scare your birds - mice, rats, etc.

    And [​IMG] !!

  5. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    You could try putting a curtain over the window at night and see if that helps.

    Our doves' roost was right above a window and they got spooked by trees moving in the wind right outside the window until I began covering up the window at night.
  6. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    Hi and [​IMG] !

    I think it just takes a while for young chicks to get the idea about roosting. Some of my mamas get their babies up on the roost at 3 - 4 weeks old, but most sleep on the floor with them until they are around 2 months old or so.

    Before moving them to the coop, I'm sure your chicks were used to sleeping huddled together - it will probably just take a little while for them to figure out they should be roosting intead! You can pick them each up and set on the roosts at dark if you want, but I usually just let them do it on their own terms, and it doesn't last too long.
  7. staceyl

    staceyl Songster

    Jul 2, 2009
    When I first moved mine to the coop they slept in one of the nesting boxes all huddled together. Eventually they moved to the roost all on their own, and well before they started laying. So I wouldn't worry about it.

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