Don't bother putting the young chicks up on the roost bar at night

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bobbieschicks, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    I noticed our 4 week old Leghorns were sleeping in a pile on the corner of the coop so I put them up on the roost for the first couple of nights they were in their new coop. It was a hassle, but I figured I needed to teach them to roost. I finally gave up trying and left them alone to their piling as they seemed content sleeping that way. They did it every night without fail. I'd say goodnight to them and they'd all pile on top of each other in the corner to sleep. They were 8 weeks old when we went on vacation last week and they were still piling when I tucked them away for the last time before heading out. When we returned on Saturday - their 9 week birthday - I noticed alot of poop in the manure board under the roosts and hardly any by the pile area where they usually slept. I scooped it up - figuring it had just accumulated over the week we were gone since my chicken sitter friend fed & watched the chicks but didn't scoop. Yesterday I noticed again a pile of poop in the manure box, but this time there wasn't any at the door. So tonight I snuck back out to see where they were at bed time and sure enough they were all perched up on the roost over the board!

    My little Leghorns managed to figure out the roost and manure board all by themselves - when they were ready for it. So don't waste your energy moving them while they sleep - they'll make it to the roost when they are ready.

    Here they are in the middle of the day on the roost this was during the time when I tried to teach them to use the roost at night. I've switched to sand since this picture and they are MUCH larger now. [​IMG]

  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    If they are not the CUTEST little things you would ever want to see. They are adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]

    I love your setup. Looks so nice and clean. [​IMG]
  3. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    All LEGS aren't they? Very cute
  4. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    awww... We never did put ours up on the roost when they were little. We just let them sleep in a pile until they figured it out.

  5. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Songster

    Aug 15, 2011
    My Own Realm!!!
    awww![​IMG] they are happy little fellows aren't they![​IMG] Nice setup too. you love them very much![​IMG]
  6. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    Thanks everyone for the compliments on the setup - I can't take credit for the design though as it came off BYC's coop pages. Yes, I LOVE MY LEGHORNS! It makes it so hard to say goodbye to the roos [​IMG] I have to give away 3 of them next Friday and I JUST DON'T WANT TO! I can already see the boys are getting a little rougher with each other and with only one pullet - well that spells trouble. I 3 other pullets that are younger but even that number won't be sufficient as apparently chickens aren't monogomous! So they all get to enjoy their surroundings a little while longer and then I have to choose 3 to give to DHs friend to keep on his property for bug hunting...and who knows how well he'll take care of my babies. [​IMG]
  7. mhhousley

    mhhousley In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2011
    LaFollette, TN
    I just wanted to make a note on training chickens to roost. Sometimes if you have older more mature birds that are laying and aren't roosting but instead sleeping in the nest and therefore dirtying it up, then you do have to go out there every night and move her until she trains to sleep on the roosts. At least thats what I had to do.

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