A different roost spot every night?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nakstk, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. nakstk

    nakstk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We added up on coop a few months ago. Now there are 3 different roost levels instead of 2. The last week or so while I am doing my nightly count I have been noticing all the chickens are in a different spot then the night before. Is this normal? Shirley my alpha hen was always up top until about a week ago when I got tired of her always challenging me and I grabbed her up and carried her around for a bit. Could this be why the change in roost spots? I have noticed that she is not as bossy as before and she has been much nicer to me too. The last 2 night she has been on the bottom roost by her self, One is sleeping in the nest box and the other 6 are on the top roost.
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could well be that by carrying her someone else got brave and that started a shake up in the order. Or it could be they are just moving the sleeping arrangements around. Time will tell.
     
  3. nakstk

    nakstk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yet again they are in different spots Shirley was up on the top roost the one in the nest box was up top too and 3 others were on the middle roost. maybe they just like to sleep in different spots.
     
  4. TweeTea

    TweeTea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 3 girls that kept rotating as top chook until I got my rooster. Thy seemed to sleep in different spots all the time (when there was no roo)

    Changing the roosting area can make a big difference as well. For example my girl on the bottom of the pecking order goes to bed first. When I change the roosting area she is the one that dictates to the flock that the roost is a no-go or 'changed environment. Not sure if this helps, just an observation.
     

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