Chickens roosting outside

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Emwilliams12, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. Emwilliams12

    Emwilliams12 New Egg

    Dec 5, 2013

    I have 5 chickens in a 24x12 coop. It is fully covered by a galvanized steel roof. The height is probably close to 15 feet tall, if not a little bigger.

    Inside the coop is a nesting box. It was on the property when we bought it so we just cleaned it up. It's one of those cedar style ones. There's a ramp going up to it. In front of the two nesting boxes there are 2 wood dowels for roosting. There's also a window. They have no issue with laying eggs in there daily.

    Here's my dilemma. At night, the hens fly on top of the nesting box and sleep. They do not sleep inside it. This leaves them exposed to the outside weather. I'd think they'd want to sleep inside. Wouldn't it be cozier? :)

    They are fully protected from predators since their entire coop is fenced in.

    Should I be concerned? It does get pretty cold up here at night. I live in So. Cal in the mountains. I know that we always have frost warnings.

    Thanks for reading!

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    sometimes it helps to keep the chickens inside the coop for a few days, so they learn THAT is home and will come in to roost at dusk. Maybe the roosting bars(?) by the nest boxes are confusing them. Chicken should only use the nesting box for laying eggs or brooding baby chicks. It is not a bed. I'm not sure from your post if the nesting boxes are outside the coop and causing the confusion. Usually they are indoors which helps prevents eggs from freezing.

    Maybe the terminology is the problem. I think you say nest box when it's called a coop(inside home for chickens). A big 24 x 12 area is probably what we call a RUN(outside), although I've never known one with 15 ft.height..

    Maybe if you visit the coop/run forum on here you will see what I mean.
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! x2 on drumstick diva's advice, good luck to you.
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG]Happy you joined us! And Merry Christmas!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi, Erica, temperatures while roosting outside are not the biggest problems - predators are. Try following drumstickdiva's ideas.

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