Chicks not roosting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PollitosNS, May 29, 2017.

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  1. PollitosNS

    PollitosNS Out Of The Brooder

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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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  2. Mace Gill

    Mace Gill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Totally normal. They'll roost when they're ready.
     
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  3. Abriana

    Abriana Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
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  4. Wel/Rk

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    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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