Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by netty74, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. netty74

    netty74 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 29, 2013
    Conway , SC
    hi, i have 4 SLW and 4 PBR they are approx. 11 weeks old . i recently moved them out of the brooder and into the large coop . I have left the light on for a couple of days while they were getting use to their new enviroment . I have noticed they are not jumping up on the roost at night time . they are huddling in the corner when it is dark . Will they eventually learn to get up on the roost ?? the roost is at ground level and it is easi to get up on . Not sure what to do ??? HELP !!
  2. Hanna8

    Hanna8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2012
    It took FOREVER for my chickens to learn to roost! Now all but one roost each night. My naked neck still insists on sleeping on the table we have in the coop, the silly girl. Do they go on it during the day? You may need to place them on it so they know it's there. If that doesn't help, they should eventually figure it out on their own
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    My brooder raised chicks normally start roosting about 10 to 12 weeks of age. I’ve had some start at 5 weeks and some take a lot longer. Until they take to the roosts, they normally sleep in a group on the floor, often in a corner of the coop.

    There is no magic age when all chicks will start to roost. I just let mine go and don’t worry about it.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    It's not an emergency.....relax. It's like potty training a human child, they'll do it when they're good and ready. No problem with them sleeping on the ground, so don't stress. If the roost is that low, they might not see the point in using it. The point of a roost in the bird's little brain is to be higher off the ground, thus safer from predators. They tend to seek out the highest places to roost, so moving the roost up might help, when they're ready.
  5. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    I stuck 10 RIR eggs under a banty hen this summer and when they were 2 weeks old they started hopping up the ladder to sleep on a 6' ft high roost with the hen & the broody rooster. But they had a bad habit of falling off the perch during the night
    I put the same kind of eggs under a RIR and a game hen and they still sleep on the ground @ 2 months.
    Generally speaking my bittys start roosting between 2-3 months. They'll roost when they get ready but I want them off the ground as soon as possible so I encourage them to roost by manually placing them on the roost and by using ladders for them to hop on etc.
  6. netty74

    netty74 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 29, 2013
    Conway , SC
    Thanks for all of your help ! :) I will let nature take its coarse . some of them have started to roost on their own !!! I love this website so much helpful information !!
  7. netty74

    netty74 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 29, 2013
    Conway , SC
    The chicks are roosting !!!!!! Yay !!!!!
  8. bhaugh

    bhaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2013
    Las Vegas, NV
    I took in (2) 2 mo old pullets who was living in a bird cage [​IMG] with no access to roost. When they got here, they honestly didnt know what to do. I placed a curtain rod in their cage, because they were still separate from the flock for safety and actually placed them on the roost. It took a few tries but once they got the hang of it, they jumped on at dusk. Now they are the first to go in at night and fight for the best position.


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