Can I teach older chickens to roost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kittyacid, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. kittyacid

    kittyacid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2009
    Clayton, NC
    I have four hens that are 1.5 years old and they have always slept in a pile in the corner. I have eight 4 month old pullets that always sleep on the roost that I added a couple months ago. Do you think I could get the older girls to roost if I continue to place them up there night after night or are their habits be so ingrained at this age that they are unlikely to accept the roost? It certainly does make the clean up easier with the roost and dropping board set up. If ayone has had luck getting mature hens to roost, I would love to hear how you did it. Thanks!!!
  2. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    Right now I am having to do that with my 7 month olds. We recently added on to our coop and made new roosts. I added 3 17 week old barred rocks in there that had always slept on a tote they took right to the roost but my 7 month old reds are being a litle more stubborn. so ever night I put them on the roost. They stay there. Hoping they get the hang of it soon. Seems like a few are. Last night 3 of the girls hopped right on the other 5 tried to go where the old roost was and get on the nest boxes or the ledge. In time they will get it.
  3. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

    May 29, 2009
    My Coop
    If you keep putting them up on the roosts every night they should get the hang of it before long. I wish you the best!
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:I agree. Good luck!
  5. kittyacid

    kittyacid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2009
    Clayton, NC
    Thanks for the encouragement! The funny thing with this is that I never tried to get them to roost before because there was one silkie that I did not want to be left alone. I got two more silkies to keep her company with the intention of getting the older ones to roost but the new silkies have been roosting with the rest of the new group [​IMG] I don't know how they get up on the roost, but I will have to build something that makes it easy for all of them.

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