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do silkies perch??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TGRREZ, Mar 11, 2015.


    TGRREZ Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2014
    I have been trying to get them on the low roosting pole, but they would rather sleep on the ground huddled together. Has this happened to anyone else?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    How old are they? Not all chickens start roosting at the same age, but some keep sleeping on the floor until they are a lot older than you’d think, especially if you have mature chickens in the coop and on the roosts.

    Perching is when they get up on something during the day to look around and survey their domain. Lots of chicks do that before they start to roost. Roosting is when they spend the night on the roosts. I’m pretty sure roosting is what you are talking about, not just perching, but I like to make sure.

    Silkies cannot fly which can make them getting up or down a bit of a problem. Getting down can be a bigger problem than getting up. They need something pretty low to jump onto and off of or a ramp or intermediate steps of some sorts. But they are individuals. Some are content to sleep on the floor their entire lives. Others like to roost. It does not hurt them either way.

    I don’t know what your physical set-up is but I’d suggest you give them an easy way up and down then let them decide. They’ll be OK either way.
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Some of mine do, but most of them don't. My roost is only about a foot off the ground, and I see them all hanging out on it during the day, but most of them pick a corner of the coop and sleep in a cuddle puddle instead of roosting. 2 of them sleep on the roost every night. I just let them do their thing. Its pretty normal for Silkies not to roost. As previously stated, they're flightless, which makes it a tad difficult for them to go up any further then as high as they can hop :)

    TGRREZ Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2014
    They are 18 weeks old. I thought she was interested because she started roosting on the edge of one of the nesting boxes. Yikes

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