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Can my salmon favorelle not roost?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ldutch123, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 10 week salmon favorelle hen and I notice she doesn't roost at night. Most of the other chicks are roosting regularly but she doesn't. I wonder is it because she has the five toes. Also is that a breed trait having five toes? I bought a mixed pullet pack from the hatchery and I love all the girls but she is so beautiful. Is it ok if they never roost? I do provide a nice cushy straw bails to sleep on also lol
     
  2. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a salmon faverolle, and she has five toes. She roosts just fine. Its my speckled sussex that prefers a flat sleeping surface to a roost pole. What kind of roosts do you have? How high are they? Do they have a "ladder" to walk up to the roosts? All of these things can affect how/why they roost where they roost.
     
  3. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes the roost starts low and gets taller. Also there are straw bales to jump up to the low rung. I think she would prefer to be cozy instead of standing. I mean who wants to sleep standing on a pole lol
     
  4. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    I think it just depends on the individual birds. All of my Silkies (5 toes) roost on the floor, all piled together. Most of my Marans roost on the 2x4s I use for perches, but even some of them go to bed either on the floor, or in a nest box. To me, I think the ones that sleep on the floor are the smarter ones, it's got to be warmer on the feet and buns?? [​IMG]
     
  5. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I totally agree if they all snuggle together on the floor they get warm. Well I will just close the nest boxes for the time being and if they roost or not doesn't matter [​IMG]
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    She's just young yet. My birds don't start roosting very young, regardless of breed. They just huddle on the floor together. She'll roost eventually.
     

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