chicken roosting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bobby2170, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. bobby2170

    bobby2170 In the Brooder

    May 16, 2016
    Pittsburgh, PA
    hi guys. I have 9 pullets of different breeds that are about 10 weeks old but they still don't sleep on their roosts. they've been in the coop since 5 weeks and they play on them during the day but every night when I lock them up they are huddled up in the corner. is there a way I can encourage them to roost? is this normal?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Young ones sleeping on the floor in a pile is normal and helps keep them warm and secure feeling. Roosting requires the ability to grip a roost all night and it can take some time for them to be comfortable doing so. I have found giving them a short roost in the brooder can get them used to it at a younger age. Eventually your young ones will start roosting.

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