Brahma hens don't roost

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  1. mamachicken1955

    mamachicken1955 New Egg

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    Is it common for Brahma hens not to roost at night? My other birds roost, but these girls prefer to lay together in a dark corner of the coop.
     
  2. chickenweirdo1

    chickenweirdo1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats interesting my brahmas have always loved to roost. Since they were young they always flew into low branches and roosted.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    How old are they? What do your roosts look like? Heavier breeds can have troubles reaching higher roosts. They also prefer a wider roost.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^^
     
  5. mamachicken1955

    mamachicken1955 New Egg

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    They are just over a year old. Not heavy. I have two roosts and both are about 6" off the ground.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    How much head room? It is odd for adult birds not to roost. Maybe a photo of the inside of the coop would help.
     
  7. slantrhymes

    slantrhymes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My older Brahma hen tries to roost some nights, but she has trouble reaching the bars. Those heavy bodies make it difficult for them to get off the ground. She actually broke a thick tree branch we were using as a roost bar a few weeks back. She's a big mama.
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How big are the roosts?

    I had 2x2 but my brahmas had trouble navigating them, so switched out to 2x4 wide side up...helped a lot.
     

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