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Chickens ONLY roost outside!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bbRedMom, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. bbRedMom

    bbRedMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do I do? I have two lovely roosts inside the coop, where it is nice and dry. But all the chickens want to roost on the old, nasty outdoor roost the previous owner put up-even in the rain!. Should I just take it down? I haven't before this because I didn't want to disrupt them too much....
     
  2. MiniDriver

    MiniDriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they like it outside, why mess with it? They'll come in when they're miserable enough.

    Mine roost outside, but sit in the shavings indoors.
     
  3. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Indiana
    That's exactly why I'm not going to add a roost to our outdoor run. It stands to reason that's where they would go. Is it maybe too hot inside the coop for them? If they're protected by a secure run, I wouldn't worry about it too much.
     
  4. bbRedMom

    bbRedMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only thing I was worried about was raccoons...I've read about them pulling chickens thru the wire, piece by piece. And while the roosts aren't right next to the wire, an enterprising coon could grab a hunk....Maybe some hardware cloth for that section?

    Thanks!
     
  5. GallowayFarms

    GallowayFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They stay out there at night?

    Have you ever made them go in at night even when they were young?

    Every chick I have owned the first couple weeks I let them out into the run, I had to make sure I put them back up at night. Then they learned that is what I wanted them to do.

    Then hens I taught, will put themselves up at sun down. They are free ranged and I just have to remember to go out and shut the door to the run.

    So take the roost down or lock them up at night for a couple weeks and see if that doesn't teach them to go inside. Also you might try giving them a treat at night in the coop.

    Good Luck

    Nick
     

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