Chickens Roosting outside?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GreeneAcresFarm, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. GreeneAcresFarm

    GreeneAcresFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2011
    Our chickens are 19 weeks approx. They've been in the coop since 10 weeks. They spent the first two weeks in the coop and then were allowed to free range. They all did real well and go back in at dark until this week. Each night more of them stay out roosting on top of my duck pen that is 7 feet high. Each night I have to get each one off the pen and put in the coop. Last night it was all 11 of them and two of the Roo's were not happy about that. There is a roost inside but it is only 4' high. Should I make higher ones in the coop?
    Their coop is 9' x 10' so it should be large enough and has good air flow? I have some scratch that I used in the early stages but hated to use now since it is so warm out? Any suggestions? Thanks
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    You may need to lock them back in the coop again to get them back in the habit of going in and roosting at night.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Chickens like roosting up high, it's instinct, if they are high up predator's can't get them.
    I agree with bobbi-j, they will have to get used to it. Sometimes we try our very best, but the chickens will not be satisfied. Just show them who's boss.
  4. Melbourne12

    Melbourne12 New Egg

    Jun 14, 2011
    Odd that they were happy to roost inside at first, then gradually migrated outside. Have you checked for red mite?
  5. GreeneAcresFarm

    GreeneAcresFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2011
    I have not noticed any Red Mites however I am still a newbie to chickens. I will try to get some closer looks asap. Thanks.

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