about roosting.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bluefeather2697, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. bluefeather2697

    bluefeather2697 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2011
    hi guys, sorry, dunno where to post this.
    i have two ex-battery leghorns and i love everything about them....
    except for one..

    THEY DONT KNOW HOW TO ROOST. :/ (well, i understand after 2 years of caged life)

    the results are, POOPY BUTTS and i hate their DIRTY EGGS.
    i do bath them once a week but i'm starting to get lazy to do that.

    so maybe i'll just try to teach them to roost. but i dunno how.
    can u help me out?

    here're some of their pics.



    you wouldn't want to see their poopy butts. :D
  2. Kittyf

    Kittyf Chillin' With My Peeps

    What pretty girls!
    Mine don't roost either, because at their breeders they never learned.

    So, even though my four will not use the roost, I have an elevated platform that they sleep on - it's about 20" square and is between the main coop and the nest boxes. They have a ladder to it and sleep up there and I have an access door to it, so cleanup is easy. I do have the ocassional poopy-butt, mostly with the largest hen, but not too much. I use a piece of cardboard with wood shavings on it in that area on the floor and change it out every 2 days or so.
    Poopy-butt usually cleans herself in the run & dust bath during free range time. I have not had to bathe her - not sure I could! I only see a dirty egg once in a rare while as they use the nest boxes to lay in now.

    And it is wonderful that you have rescued those lovely girls.

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