Built an addition on coop and they won't roost in it.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BubblesTPB, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. BubblesTPB

    BubblesTPB Hatching

    Jul 1, 2015
    Hi again! I have a small coop and made an addition on to it in order to accommodate a new roo and hen. Well, long story short they only use the new coop for the nest boxes. I've tried putting scratch in the addition and they just eat it and then still roost in the old coop huddled together, except the poor cinnamon queen who uses the old nest box to roost in and now it has poopoo in it. I figure i should move the old nest box into the addition and that may solve one problem but not the other. Should I give them more time or take the old roost out? It's been less than a month but i don't want them to be losing sleep and getting stressed. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read and respond.

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Personally, i would put the chickens in the new roosting area and keep them in there for a couple of days (with food and water, of course). Nest boxes should be sealed off during night times to stop them sleeping there.

    Good luck!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    How big is coop(feet by feet) and how many birds?
    Pics would help immensely.
  4. BubblesTPB

    BubblesTPB Hatching

    Jul 1, 2015
    Thank you!
    The original was only 2.5'x 7'. For the three it was okay at first, but the addition is 4' x 7.5'. Total 5 chickens now.
    I'll try to get pics today.

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