Chicks not roosting?

PollitosNS

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Apr 24, 2017
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Hi! First time chicken keeper. I put my chicks in the coop this week. They are 6-8 weeks. It's been a bit cold (going down to 5 degrees at night) so maybe they are just getting used to it. But they are all cuddling on the floor or all piled on top of eachother in the dustbath I put in there - like the pic. There are 12 chickens in there! It's quirky and amusing but I don't want them smothered!

I wondering if this is normal? How can I encourage them to roost? What height/width should the roosts be?


All advice is appreciated!! :)
 

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Mace Gill

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May 26, 2017
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Hi! First time chicken keeper. I put my chicks in the coop this week. They are 6-8 weeks. It's been a bit cold (going down to 5 degrees at night) so maybe they are just getting used to it. But they are all cuddling on the floor or all piled on top of eachother in the dustbath I put in there - like the pic. There are 12 chickens in there! It's quirky and amusing but I don't want them smothered!

I wondering if this is normal? How can I encourage them to roost? What height/width should the roosts be?


All advice is appreciated!! :)
Totally normal. They'll roost when they're ready.
 

Abriana

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Apr 26, 2017
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My chickens didn't roost for so long, that when they did, I was celebrating because I thought they never would. They will when they are ready. Especially if you have new chicks with older hens, it will take a while until they get higher in the pecking order, because the hens will peck them off.
 

Wel/Rk

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May 29, 2017
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Hi! First time chicken keeper. I put my chicks in the coop this week. They are 6-8 weeks. It's been a bit cold (going down to 5 degrees at night) so maybe they are just getting used to it. But they are all cuddling on the floor or all piled on top of eachother in the dustbath I put in there - like the pic. There are 12 chickens in there! It's quirky and amusing but I don't want them smothered!

I wondering if this is normal? How can I encourage them to roost? What height/width should the roosts be?


All advice is appreciated!! :)
I looks to me like they are still very young. I think they are all laying close to keep warm. I would start setting up a roost about 32 inches of the ground and raise it as they get older.
 

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