Crazy Pile of Chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BlueBetween, May 26, 2011.

  1. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

    252
    1
    113
    Apr 4, 2011
    Near Seattle
    what is wrong with my girls? Last night, all four of them, trying to squish together on the little platform I made for their water and food - they spilled their food twice. squawking away because they can't all fit. They won't use the perfectly lovely roost I made them.... so I took their food and water out and then they were all quietly sleeping on the stupid food platform. Sheesh! They used to sleep on the small roost, but they have been squished in a corner ever since I gave them this new one a week ago. Are they afraid of it? They have an exact duplicate one in their outside day run that they use all the time. And yes, they are still in a cardboard box in my living room, it's getting very old. This weekend they move out for sure. Crazy chickens.
     
  2. Louieandthecrew

    Louieandthecrew I am actually a female!

    They're probably too cold. SO they are gathering together for body heat.
     
  3. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

    252
    1
    113
    Apr 4, 2011
    Near Seattle
    hmn, they are 9 weeks now and in the house, it's 68 in here at night. (we are still living in winter with the heat on up here in Seattle - coldest spring in history almost.)
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    34,028
    457
    448
    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They love to sleep cuddled up together when they are young. I've never had to train any to sleep on a roost as they always started on their own before laying age.
     
  5. hoping4better

    hoping4better Chillin' With My Peeps

    130
    1
    99
    Nov 22, 2010
    Middle Tennessee
    If they're too cold they'll pile up and could smother one or more. But, mine always slept in a pile until they were practically full grown. Even now they sleep on the roost practically on top of each other and they're already laying and everything.
     
  6. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    2,435
    15
    171
    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    Yes the new roost is throwing them off. Give them time to adjust to the change. Once one decides it is no longer scary the others will try it out.

    Chickens in general hate change. It takes awhile for them to adjust.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by