I have a 14 month old d'uccle that refuses to roost on a perch at night and prefers to sit on the roof of the hen house. Not a problem over summer but I dont want her out at night as winter approaches. I have noticed that when I put her on the perch she will often try to turn around and is very wobbly and so often gives up. Im wondering if her enormous foot feathers are the problem. She and the japanese chick she was raised with both preferred to sleep on a shelf cuddled up together when they were little but the Japanese has now grown out of this. I went away for 3 months while they were both still little and a housesitter looked after them. When I came home her foot feathers had been trimmed really short - the flock had developed lice and as part of the de-licing treatment she got a haircut. At that time she was happy on the perch, but then she went broody twice in quick succession and so lived in the nest box, her foot feathers regrew and she hasn't wanted to perch since. Her feathers are so long that I imagine if she tried to turn around she may step on the feathers of the supporting leg and it could all end in a nasty accident and I'm wondering if that explains her reluctance? Had anyone else with d'uccles or other breeds with really feathery feet ever come across this problem?