chickens sleeping on fence...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mommas chickens, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. mommas chickens

    mommas chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The two new barred rocks that my husband got me from a friend have just decided that they dont want to sleep in the coop they want to sleep outside on the fence...is this something I should discourage I don't know if they are just not happy or what the deal is? Any suggestions?
     
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would discourage it....If they do that at night, and it is not totally enclosed fencing (IE. All sides and top are covered with wire of some sort) then the chicks are not well protected from predators.
    How many chickens you have in the coop and what size coop (do you have a picture)?
    You may just need to put several perching poles in the coop or pen at different heights.

    best wishes,
    laura [​IMG]
     
  3. Firefighter Chick

    Firefighter Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are there mites on the roosts inside or something that has disturbed them?
     
  4. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be lots of reasons. Are your other girls chasing them out? Is it to warm in the coop? How old are they? Maybe thats what they did where they came from. Personally I would close them in at night so they know where they are supposed to be. Leaving them out at night unprotected is inherently a disaster in the making.
     
  5. mommas chickens

    mommas chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im gonna try the roosts at different heights the other girls I have seem to be fine with the new comers my roo though hes bossy hes gonna have to disappear sooner then I thought but Ill have my husband put up a few more roosts and go get them and put them in the coop at night.
     
  6. cowdogcadillac

    cowdogcadillac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't let them out for a day or two. Re education on where they belong works
     
  7. mommas chickens

    mommas chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ill try that to we put a top on the run today as well and adding more roosts in the morning (fencing took longer then expected...) then Ill keep them in like naughty kids and see how it goes.
     
  8. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Too many critters would enjoy a chicken dinner - best to get them sleeping back in the coop ASAP. [​IMG]
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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