Chickens wont perch at night?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sue_m, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. sue_m

    sue_m Hatching

    Oct 6, 2009
    Im new to keeping chickens so wondered if this was normal. I have 2 silkies, 2 pekings, a sussex and a ranger. They have a large coop with 2 laying boxes on the side. None of them will perch at night, all 6 squeeze into one of the laying boxes. Is this normal? should i intervene or leave them to it? Im worried the Bantams will get squashed.
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Close off the nest boxes at night. Roosting in nest boxes is common and results in very messy nest boxes.
  3. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    You may have to place them on the roost at night for a couple of days. They will catch on.
  4. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I am dealing with the same thing with almost 16 week old bantam rocks. They have a clear pop door & in the beginning (4 weeks) always huddled there at the last light. Now they still huddle there & by their waterer on the other side of the front wall even though they have light at night & they use the roosts during the day & early evening. It is driving me nuts! I can't put them up there at night because it is still light in there & they just jump off. I may have to soon resort to turning off the light & putting them up there. They are really pecking each other & climbing each other's backs to stick their heads behind the stud etc. They are so far the weirdest chickens I have ever had.
  5. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Songster

    Sep 26, 2008
    Montgomery Area
    How high are the roosts? I have an Austrolorp who has a hard time getting up to the roost, which is only about 2 1/2 feet off the floor. If I didn't put her up there myself she'd sleep on the floor, and she's a year old. At first
  6. THough1956

    THough1956 Songster

    Silkies don't usually roost. They like to huddle together in a corner on the floor. If they do roost, it is only about a foot off the floor.

    That is about as high as they can fly or jump also.
  7. sue_m

    sue_m Hatching

    Oct 6, 2009
    Thanks for the reply's.
    I removed the layer box partition yesterday to make it look like part of the coop and raised the perch a bit. 1 silkie perched so hoping the others will get the right idea now.

    Another question guys - so many questions but im learning [​IMG]
    Do chickens get colds? i have 2 sneezing, they are ok apart from that.
    Also i use wood shavings on the coop floor, if i use straw would it encourage mite and louse?
  8. will hunt for food

    will hunt for food Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    First off- buy this book:,+story#v=onepage&q=&f=false

    I consider it a an absolute must for beginners, and a great guide for those with experience. Forums are great to get some first hand advice, but this book will separate fact from fiction. It covers everything from feeding to health to cooking eggs to housing to................

    It is really hard to beat pine shavings for coop floor litter......that is in the book to.

    Chickens are very susceptible to respiratory infections, and sneezing is a symptom- so you may have the beginning of a problem.......that is also in the book.

    My library had a copy, but you will want to buy it to keep on your reference shelf at home.

    Scroll through the preview link that I posted, and look at the table of contents and click on the chapter.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2009
  9. Rodeoclown1189

    Rodeoclown1189 Songster

    Sep 24, 2009
    East TN
    Quote:this is what i did and all of my hens go up to roost at night no problem

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