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Do your chickens have a set roosting spot?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Adalida, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2015
    Chickens are funny. I thought that over time they'd each get a particular spot on the roosts, being that they are creatures of habit, but no. They pick a different spot every night. Last night there were nine chickens on one roost and three on another. Tonight it's split six on each roost. What do your chickens do? Do they each have a spot or do they move around nightly?
  2. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2014
    San Jose, CA
    I only have two chickens so I use a huge box, which they use to roost and lay eggs. They generally have set places. One snuggles under the other's feathers like a chick would do to its mother. It's so cute [​IMG]
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Yup, they seem to enjoy mixing it up, usually accompanied by a lot of squabbling
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

    Sometimes some of them use the same spot for days/weeks....then change it up.<shrugs>
  5. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2015

    I have a snuggler too! It startles me sometimes because when I go to lock them up for the night, I'll think one is missing, until I see she's burrowed under another chicken.
  6. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    I only have 1 big roost bar in my coop (with some smaller ones in the run) but the chickens seem to put themselves on them in any random order (and sometimes facing the "wrong" way). And now that they have a bit longer roost bar to settle on, they've even stopped squabbling. The one and only rule they seem to follow is my Buckeye and EE want to sit next to each other, to the point that my EE will climb over the other birds to get to her best buddy.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2016

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