big evil stick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MNmommy, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. MNmommy

    MNmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2009
    central MN
    So I thought I would be nice and I cut a branch and put it in my brooder for my chicks. They are one week old and I thought they might want to try it out for future roosting but they are all terrified of it and are all hiding in the furthest corner away from it. They are acting like it is giving off radioactive rays!!! [​IMG]

    Should I just take it out and try again next week or will they get used to it?? No one is brave enough to go check it out not even the tough lil' d'uccle that has napoleon syndrome!
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    They'll get over their fear. They act chicken about everything new in their little world.
  3. Forgotten Amber

    Forgotten Amber Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2009
    New Hampshire
    My chicks are about a week old too and at about 3 days I put a stick in and they could have cared less. Hubby gets home, looks at the stick, then me, then gathers a few rocks. He puts the stick up on the small rocks so that it has about an inch of space above the shavings.

    They took right to it. They don't actually roost much, but from time to time you can find 3 or even 4 sitting on it. It's especially fun to watch them run along it when they get a game of chickie rugby going!

    I hope it works for you too!

    (I have 12 Red Sex-link Pullets)
  4. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    We added a ''big evil stick too, to our new chick pen..and at first they shyed away from it ..but as you can see..they like it quite well now! So funny to see them walk up and down the stick!! They actually seem to fight over the best spot now be patient and they will eventually get used to and enjoy the new perch! [​IMG]

  5. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2009
    New Mexico
    I put the big stick in with my chicks but they ignore it. They roost/sleep on the side of their sand box.
  6. rendonhen

    rendonhen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2009
    rendon, tx
    We place a big limb in our run for our chickens and roos. I can not get the roos to share it. All 8 of them (they were packing peanuts) will be on it and push all the hens off. we placed another one out there. They roost everywhere they can.
  7. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    it will tramtize them and really they don't need it
    are they going to roost in the trees on becoming adults?
    the predators might eat them
    I think I would just try and get them to be normal and for get the tree branch
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I don't have traumatized chickens and I made changes to their brooder regularly when they were small. I call it enviroment enrichment.
  9. Forgotten Amber

    Forgotten Amber Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2009
    New Hampshire
    They may not roost in trees like Turkeys (in case you didn't know that Turkeys roosted in trees), but they do roost in hen houses. As for causing them stress... my 2yo cat jumped in the brooder.... that is stress! They got over it quick enough with a handful of oats.

    Today I introduced a mossy stick... BIG hit! Now that they are used to my roosting stick I find them on it all the time.

    I say give all of our chicks a big ugly stick! Or, um... sure, they will get used to it and really enjoy it in time and my experience says very little time!
  10. karen71

    karen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Bear, DE
    I put a stick in the brooder with my week olds- I figured they would have fun jumping on it-
    they looked at it like it was a snake for a few min then started jumping on it
    they love it now

    leave the stick in they will get used to it [​IMG]

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