Coop Cam shows me were they roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by markb, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. markb

    markb Out Of The Brooder

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    So i installed a Pan / Tilt / Cam in my coop today. And i now understand why there are always piles of poop in these spots!

    Why are they choosing to roost off the side of the nest and not over on the roost i made for them,???

    Any thoughts?



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  2. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    The crate looks higher than the roost bar. Try placing the roost bar at least 6" higher than the crates edge. They want to roost as high as possible.
     
  3. daisy06

    daisy06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sneaky girls, aren't they? I would go with Turtle's advice, raise their roost. My hens are weird though. Some like it high and some even nest in the low nesting boxes.
     
  4. markb

    markb Out Of The Brooder

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    What about cutting the sides of the carton down? There isn't a lot of Height room in the coop and if i raise it to much more they will be within pecking range of the rope lights and other power stuff.
     
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  5. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    You could try cutting it down to just hold in the hay. That may do the trick. And the jagged pattern from the crate will feel weird on their feet and may discourage roosting on it.
     

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