Do silkies roost?

KayP

Songster
11 Years
Jul 14, 2008
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Baltimore, MD
All my other 6 wk old bantams are roosting with gusto while this little silkie sleeps on the floor. Is she strange, or is this typical for silkies? Last night I tried to teach her to roost. She's extremely shy and not into being handled anyway, so my lesson did not go well. When I finally gave up, she ran straight to my only cockerel, and hid behind him. He pulled himself up to full height and told me off! It was so great! Then he pecked possesively at her head. Maybe he can teach her to roost.
 

pixiechick

Songster
11 Years
May 23, 2008
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Jonesborough, TN
My mom's silkies walk up a ramp to get onto the roost at night. I think they naturally want to be close to the other chickens. I sit my little on the roost every night because, if I don't, she gets right under the others to sleep and gets pooped on .
 

LilPeeps

Songster
13 Years
Jan 13, 2007
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Most silkies do not roost, they prefer to sleep in piles. Sometimes they can even smother eachother in the piles. Most silkies have a hard time getting up on the roost, so instead they sleep under it.
 

laughingllama75

Songster
11 Years
Feb 13, 2008
761
1
153
NH
I keep a hay bale in the coop for mine, a couple sleep on it, the others tucked behind it (for security, I think). Mine will not roost with the other birds, no way, no how. But, it's hard to keep an Evil image, and play nice with the other birds. LOL.
 

SunshineSilkies

Songster
11 Years
Jan 10, 2009
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Florida
I have some roosts in my pens, they are 3 ft high. They still prefer to pile up in the corner of the pen. Every now and then, some will perch. Little silkie chicks lay on top of each other.
 

KayP

Songster
11 Years
Jul 14, 2008
163
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144
Baltimore, MD
I saw her roosting with the others yesterday, but just for a little while. I think she's more comfy on the floor, but then she's lonely. She has a particular buddy (the quirky little barred rock bantam) who she's been tight with from day 1, and she was roosting next to her. I doubt if the little barred rock (Little Stardust) will join her on the floor.
 

Settler'sDreamFarm

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11 Years
Aug 7, 2008
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Ontario, Canada :)
I think they will roost if the roost is small enough. They can not fly well because of their feathers, meaning they can not get up on high roost.
 

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