I have observed an interesting phenomenon within my little flock of 5. I have 4 hens and 1 rooster. Originally I had a stepladder in the coop for a roost and the hens staked out the top rungs while the rooster was always down lower. Today my husband and I constructed a roost for them that is all one level with a droppings board below. Our primary motivation is that they were pooping on one another and I wanted a dropping board which would be easy to scrape off. I just went out to shut them in for the night and to see how they were adapting to their new roost. With PLENTY of room to roost (over 50 inches of roosting space for 5 chickens) 2 hens were cuddled up next to each other on one end, with the other 2 spaced a foot or so apart.........the poor rooster was trying to roost on the piece of wood we nailed diagonally across the back to stabilize the whole thing. Could it be that my sweet hens are forcing him to take the "bottom" roost? I'm just curious as to whether or not anyone else has observed this within their flocks.