Confused girls

makin-do

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Nov 25, 2015
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Hi, I got my three, year old girls from a friend. His coop only had roost bars and lay boxes. Mine has a nice hen house for them to crash. I finally got them to enter the house, but they sleep on the floor. I have a roost bar across from the lay boxes about a foot higher with a poo box below. Any thoughts on how I can get them to use the roost bar at night? Also, I haven't had an egg in 2 weeks and only 4 the 2 weeks prior when I got them. One of my birds has lost alot of feathers around the neck and bottom. I'm in Phx so the temps aren't bad...30-40 lows, 65-75 highs. Normal? Thx
 

nchls school

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Apr 22, 2015
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Hi, I got my three, year old girls from a friend What breed are they?.  His coop only had roost bars and lay boxes.  Mine has a nice hen house for them to crash.  I finally got them to enter the house, but they sleep on the floor.  I have a roost bar across from the lay boxes about a foot higher with a poo box below.  Any thoughts on how I can get them to use the roost bar at night?  Try putting them on the roost right before dark or a little after. Doing this a few times will get them used to the roost and, hopefully, they will start going to roost on their own. Also, I haven't had an egg in 2 weeks and only 4 the 2 weeks prior when I got them.  It is normal for hens to stop laying for a time when they have been moved to a new environment.One of my birds has lost alot of feathers around the neck and bottom At this time of year the hens may be molting. This also would be a reason why they have stopped laying.. I'm in Phx so the temps aren't bad...30-40 lows, 65-75 highs. Normal?  Thx


I sure wish I lived in Phoenix. Wisconsin here.
 

aart

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How long have you had them?
Can you post pics of the coop/roosts/run?
What are you feeding?

Probably some moving stress and/or molting.

One thing consistent about chickens...they can be inconsistent!
 

makin-do

Hatching
Nov 25, 2015
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First attempt at pics...I have since lowered the roost bat 6". One uses it, one doesn't and the other still sleeps outside. We're getting there.
 

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