Chicks Roosting

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ccflash, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. ccflash

    ccflash Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2011
    Went to the run with treats this evening and my 7 chicks that are two and a half weeks old were on the roost with mama and the rest of the big birds. I feel strangely proud of them but also sad they are growing up. Fortunately I have younger chicks and more under broodies so life is pretty good.

  2. Hwlchickmama

    Hwlchickmama Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 12, 2011
    i have one chick out of 8 (3 weeks old, no mama) who keeps tryin to sleep standing up... she does well for about a min or two then falls face first into the litter... i haven't given them an actual "roost" but im contemplating it!!!
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011
  3. ajay

    ajay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2011
    So cute! Mine are 4 weeks and just started sleeping on the roost. Tonight is the first night that all 4 of them are up on the roost. It was actually quite the ordeal getting them all settled. One of them kept flying in the middle of the other three causing them all to fall down. Apparently she doesn't like the aisle seat. [​IMG]
  4. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    Hagerstown, MD
    This is so funny that u posted it tonight! I went out to shut the girlies & boys in the coop and opened the door to check on them. Much to my surprise there was an EE on a pole that hangs about 8 ft in the air! Our coop is a converted smokehouse and the poles are the length of the building and were used to hang the hams while they cured. WHen we converted the shed we didn't do anything with the bars because we thought they were way to high for the chicks to be able to get up on them. WE WERE WRONG!! LOL The EE had already pooped on the Sulkie that was on the normal roost we had built for them. The DH came in and gently lifted her down off the bar and put her on the roost with the others. I'm half tempted to go back out with a light and see if she went back up on the pole! LOL

    What is it with brahma's and not roosting? Anyone have that problem? They r the oldest and have been in the coop for about 3 weeks. They will NOT roost. There is plenty of room. We have a pipe that we have to fix in the corner of the coop. Temporarily we have leaned a piece of plywood against it so that can't get stuck between the pipe and the wall. All 4 brahma's roost on the top of the plywood facing the corner of the coop like they r in trouble!! We have tried to put them on the roosts at night and they jump back down and back up on the plywood! They aren't low on the pecking order. They r the first to eat and take treats in the morning. Anyone have any ideas?
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I give my chicks a roost when they are very young. I have the roosts staggered and it is like a game to them up and down on the roosts.

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