1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Could my hens be getting smarter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jimz1, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Songster

    Jun 6, 2010
    Coleman, Wi
    Some of my hens have been staying in the coop on the roost instead of going outside and I was wondering why. Could it be that they know if they get off the roost the roosters will jump them? It seems that when the roos go wandering around the yard, they come down and eat and drink.
    Could this be possible?

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Yes, it could be that they are avoiding the roos.
  3. This_chicks_place

    This_chicks_place Songster

    Apr 18, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I agree. When my girls aren't interested they run to the roost and stay awhile.
  4. GhostRider65

    GhostRider65 Songster

    Mar 6, 2011
    NE Wisconsin
    OMG I'm having this same problem..........most of my chickens 18 weeks old, are staying in the coop, all day!!!!
    they hardly get down from the roost, but If I chase the 2 white devils out and the other roos............ waiting on butchering day
    then they get down and eat. I even added a waterer and feeder over the top roost so they can eat and drink, arggggg I have come to the conclusion all roosters are mean Mean MEAN.................OR I JUST LOCK THEIR NAUGHTY BUTTS OUT IN THE PEN UNTIL DARK SO THEY CAN'T SEE TOO HARASS THE OTHERS, otherwise it's fighting an screaming hens all day long.
  5. Allsardane

    Allsardane In the Brooder

    Jan 28, 2011
    It's a matter of "if you make it easy for them to stay there all day, they will". If food and water are in the coop and the mean ol' rooster is outside, why leave?

    Mine are 17 weeks now and the rooster is the same way. The first 10 minutes every morning now involve him trying to catch every hen, but he won't even give them a second look if they are in the coop.

    My mornings now consist of grabbing a random hen off the roost, placing her on the ground and yelling "flee for your life!" as the rooster hops down to see how fast she can run. As soon as the big guy goes lumbering off, the rest of the flock hops down and wanders out. He'll be back for them in a moment, but at least they can spread out and play keep away.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by