Chickens not spreading out

jehaz

In the Brooder
6 Years
May 20, 2013
33
1
36
Music City - Nashville Tennessee
Hi,

I have a very large coop for my 25 birds.
The have 2 floors and a LOT of space, but they all just want to squish each other in a corner of the coop, next to the door.

My Silver Speckled Hamburg (Hamburger) just sits at the door on the top of the ladder, half in, half out.
But all my other birds (wyandottes, orpingtons, dominique, polish, etc) just practically climb on top of each other. You'd never know there were 24 birds in that heap, it just looks like 3 they compress so tightly.

And it's not as if they're cold! It's Tennessee in the summertime, and most of my birds are cold-hardy!!

How can I get them to be reasonable and use their space better?
How can I get them to go upstairs (theres actually more space upstairs)!?!?!.

The just dont seem to be thinking this one through very logically.


James
 

jehaz

In the Brooder
6 Years
May 20, 2013
33
1
36
Music City - Nashville Tennessee
oh some climbing apparatus.
No but I'm working on that. I have a felled tree, so I'm going to put the stump in the pen and some 4x4s in the coop in the design you have.
I might put the 4x4s on the top floor - will that make them want to go upstairs if there is a jungle jim up there?,
 

Veer67

Songster
7 Years
Jul 2, 2013
3,613
180
231
Together with the flock
I think that they should, chickens have a natural instinct to roost at night in a high place, when people don't provide coops for their chickens they will fly up in the trees to sleep at night..
 

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