Chickens huddle in the corner

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by VTGIRL, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. VTGIRL

    VTGIRL Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a new coop (YAY me [​IMG]) it's only about 8x8 and the roosts run the length of the whole back wall. There are three rows of roosts and all my guineas and larger hens roost very well but.... my silkies are too small to get up there right now so they tend to huddle in the far right corner of the coop under the roost. Of course this means they get pooped on all night and it's driving me CRAZY! What can I do to keep them out of the corner and underneath the roost? Should I have a smaller roost for them or should I use some sort of ladder so they can get up off the floor?
     
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    My Silkies do not roost. Maybe you could start putting them in another corner. You may have to do this for awhile, but maybe they'll start using the new corner.

    You can try putting a lower roost.
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    A lot of silkie owners have posted about this. As Cammie says, lower roost or also a 'huddle box' so they don't suffer the indignity of manure showers...
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Maybe one of those leaning, stepped type of roosts against a different wall???? They are usally low. My 3 week old standards are starting to use mine now. I'll remove it when they're older...
     
  5. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about a dropping s board under the roosts so they dont get pooped on! Do the search for that topic.
     

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