Are chickens picky about the roost bar?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mddutson, May 15, 2018.

  1. Mddutson

    Mddutson In the Brooder

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    20180515_203036.jpg I put in a new roosting bar for the chickens. I ripped a 2x4 down to 2 1/2" based on what I've read chickens like, also for cold whee so that their feet are covered in cold weather. the ladies were roosting on the nesting box even though it's lower than the roosting bar. I fixed that. But now they are roosting on the the 2x2 that is nailed to the wall (previously from other owners of coop). I've put them up on the bar that i installed but they don't seem to want to roost on it. Maybe the 2x2 is smaller and easier to roost on some their feet aren't full size yet? Any suggestions, besides only giving them the one option for roosting, to get them roost on the bar that I installed? The roost bar i installed is 20" off of the ground.
     
  2. chickengirl778

    chickengirl778 Songster

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    Mine always roost where I don't want them to too!
     
  3. Ducksandchickens

    Ducksandchickens Crowing

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    Eventually they’ll find the new roosts!
     
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  4. Mddutson

    Mddutson In the Brooder

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    So just let them be and they'll figure it out?
     
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  5. Ducksandchickens

    Ducksandchickens Crowing

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    I would for right now
     
  6. RWise

    RWise Songster

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    As long as they go inside! All is fine.
    I use 2x2's at 2' 4' 6' and 8' with ladders and mezzanines (an area 2' x 3' a hen can take her clutch when she moves them to the coop) at 4' and 6'. the ladders I put in for the chicks to get up, surprise the chicks dont use them, the older birds do.
    Not all of the birds go to the top area (multiple roosts) some will take the 6' high area, and not always the same birds.
     
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  7. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Crowing

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    I use 2x4s for them to roost on, flat side up, and once they were old enough to get up to them, they used them.

    eta, except in the winter. about half of them went back to sleeping on the floor in a chicken pile for warmth this winter. Then again, we had an unusually cold winter.
     
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