Do chickens have to roost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ryan112ryan, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. ryan112ryan

    ryan112ryan Out Of The Brooder

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    So my chickens (2.5 months RIR) make their way into the coop and just plop down anywhere inside at night. I have read how to train them to use the roost, but does it even matter? I know it is in their nature, but is there a medical or egg production reason? I know two like to share a nesting box.
     
  2. SunnysideupstateNY

    SunnysideupstateNY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine don't use the roosts I gave them either. They like to lay next to the door.[​IMG]
     
  3. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've learned over the years that chickens have to do 5 things...eat, drink, sleep, poop and do their best to get eaten by something! As far as roosting, it's an ingrained trait to provide security when they slept in the wild. If you are providing that security in a nice dry coop and they like the floor so be it. I find that eventually mine try to get as high as possible, especially if they can get higher than their coop mates! (I guess they figure the lowest gets eaten first!)
     
  4. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it depend what kind of the coop is. but is safer for them to roost for predators but if u lock them up at night then dont worry about it . the nesting boxes n roost should be 2x4 n flat side up so it cover there toes to keep warm during the cold months if they are roost in the net boxes than your eggs will get dirty and u will change the bedding daily.
    if you have awalk in coop than the nest box should be about 18inch to 2ft off the floor and the roost should be 4ft off the floor
     
  5. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:how old are they/ u might have pick them up at dusk and put them on the flat side of the roost
     
  6. SunnysideupstateNY

    SunnysideupstateNY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol 20 weeks
     
  7. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:okay there are lazy then lol
     
  8. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a roost in the brood pen, the first day I get them and they are forced to climb over it, to get to the other side. Within days, they'll be spending their idle time, sitting on the roost.
     
  9. CindyG

    CindyG Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think it depends a bit also on the type of bird. My 3 week old orpingtons are already spending a lot of time on the little roost in their brooder, my12 week old silkies still sleep in a big huddle on the floor of the coop.
     
  10. Firearia

    Firearia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I don't know about that. My orpingtons never used the roost in their brooder or their coop. Mine are almost three months old... [​IMG]
     

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