Chickens not roosting in the coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ncffp163, Nov 19, 2017.

  1. ncffp163

    ncffp163 Chirping

    Apr 28, 2013
    North Central NC
    My chickens will not roost in their coop. Anytime. they will gather in one corner of the run near the coop and sleep. I feel like I've got sufficient space on the roosting bars. They will go into the coop during the day, but not at night. I've got 8 Black Australorps, 3 Buckeyes and 3 Speckled Sussex. Any suggestions?
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  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    Put a light in the coop. if you don't have electricity to the coop buy a solar light that shines through the coop window. I have found that my Sussex will go toward a lighted area when it gets dark outside. which means inside the coop. by the way, my Sussex never had roosts. they just snuggle down in 6 inches of chips and went to sleep and they were fine .maybe your bird simply don't like Roosts.
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    How big is you coop? Pictures would help. What are the ages of your birds.
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  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Is this a new behavior or have they never slept in the coop ?
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  5. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    Raised Coop. 4 feet wide by 6 feet long by 4 feet high. 2 nest boxes attached to outside of the coop, opening inward.
    6 adult large fowl Light Sussex .
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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Train them...Herd them up into the Coop every night and lock them in till morning....
  7. Bobby Basham

    Bobby Basham Crowing

    Jul 20, 2012
    Tucson, Arizona
    My chicks are only one week old, but they are jumping around and perch on top of the feeder. It's just a 4-foot long box in my bathroom, but they'll be transferred to a 4 x 6 foot brooder out in the garage and it will have several dowel roosts. They are truly board and need some more stimulation for all that jumping.

    By the time they get out to the coop, they should know what roosts are for. --BB
  8. Giggles73

    Giggles73 In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2017
    Hooper, Utah
    so my chickens (2 Blue Chochin, 2 Speckled Sussex) are about 9-10 months old, now that it has gotten colder (12 degrees in coop last night) they are sleeping in the nesting boxes. Is this a big deal? They stopped laying completely about a week ago, I have 8 nesting boxes. The roosting bar is higher than the boxes, is the wider side of a 2x4, the coop is 8x10 so space is not an issue. I just figured they like to snuggle there in the straw...
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  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Vents need to be higher than roost...Zero draft on the Birds..Possibly why they chose boxes?..
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Venting/drafts would be a good thing to check.
    I don't care how cold it is one sleeps in the nests.

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