chick roosting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenbythesea, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    just wondering when chicks start to like to roost off the floor? ours are a week old and when we got them last week I thought they were dying every time they went to sleep hahaha... they just sorta went limp and drooped into sleep. Now, some are still sleeping the same way... but others are starting to fall asleep while standing... it almost looks like they have narcolepsy it's rather funny... one even walks up to the feeder like she's going to eat and falls asleep looking at the feeder. Anyways, when they start sleeping standing up, does that mean they want to roost? or is that just a peculiarity of my chicks? thanks for the help.. oh and yesterday was the first day in their coop and yes they have a heat lamp.
  2. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2010
    Northern L.P. Michigan
    Some of mine have started roosting when they were just two weeks old. That's about when I give them something to roost on - just not very high.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You're describing typical chick behavior. They will be entertained by having a low roost -- or anything else to jump / play on. It's not necessary and they may not sleep on it for a while, but they will enjoy it.
  4. sky king

    sky king Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Rome GA
    When mine were 3weeks they started running around they coop an Cleo ing here wings so I thought they needed a roost so I put some old 1x1s that I had used in they coop build an self them on some 4x4 that I had left ove all at diff Hights an they loved it
  5. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    thanks, I think I'll put something low to jump off of.. the one by one sounds good: we have left overs from the deck rail.. however, it is pressure treated... should I instead us something natural like a heavy stick?
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    As you can tell by this photo, I spent hours working out the design, took a lot of effort and many trips to the lumber yard to get just the right materials, then very carefully measured before I painstakingly assembled it.


    I do recommend sanding to remove any splinters.

    Editted to add: They perch and play on this during daytime but they sleep in a group on the brooder floor. My brooder raised chicks usually start sleeping on the roost around 10 to 12 weeks old, but different people report widely different starting ages. My broody raised chicks are usually roosting by 4 weeks.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011
  7. giefdog

    giefdog Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2011
    Someone told me that when they r 2-3 weeks old to put a 1x2 flat on a 2x4 to start, because when they get older if U plan to keep them through the winter they need a 2x4 flat to roost on to keep their feet from freezing and now after I put them in the coop all but 1 of the 20 birds sleep on the roost every nite

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