Do your silkies roost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jaybme, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. jaybme

    jaybme Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have read in different forums and webpages that silkies do not roost, and yet the silkie guide I read mentions putting the first roost low at 24" so they can get on easily.

    Do they roost or not? Should I put in roosts or not worry about it?

    Thanks!

    Jayne
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    This is another weekly conversation here on BYC..... Try the "search" function.

    Yes, some Silkies will roost if they have access such as a ladder or ramp for higher roosts. Generally roosts for Silkies should be low to the ground, otherwise they will just sleep in piles on the floor.
     
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine just pile on top of each other in one of the nest boxes...
     
  4. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkies will just sit on the floor to sleep. They do not even try to "roost" on a lower roost like my standard chickens will. I have only had them for about 5-6 months now. But that is what they have done.....so far anyway.

    Silkies just have their own individual agenda, I quess?! [​IMG]
     
  5. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Aint that the truth....
     
  6. amysue2012

    amysue2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkies have a roost 12 inches from the floor and have never once gotten on it by themselves.

    Darn little fluffy butts sleep in a pile in the corner.[​IMG]
     
  7. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Thats what you call "murphys law..."
     
  8. youdontknow32

    youdontknow32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
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    We have low roosts and high roosts, they would rather pile on one another in a corner of the coop, they have dug and made nests, never tried to roost not one of them.........that's why I love them!! Ha...
     
  9. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I have 4 silkies that are 9 weeks old. They all sleep in a pile also. However, my white one has developed a desire to jump, climb, and/or fly. I didn't think silkies could fly either, but she's managing to get across a 30" fence to get to the cochins...and they don't even like her! [​IMG]
     
  10. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    My silies roost. They fight for the spot on the 5ft roost, and usually win! The girls all know to watch out for the evil ones. [​IMG]
     

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