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Dorking Hens won't roost inside!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by katiemdenne, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. katiemdenne

    katiemdenne In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2012
    Campbell River
    Hi All!!
    I'm new to raising chickens. I am just at the point where I've separated my extra roosters away from the hens. In doing so, in the pitch black, I realized that my 4 dorking hens are not roosting in the coop with the 20+ australorp chickens, they are instead roosting about 8 feet high outside in thick cedar trees!! All the hens should start laying soon and winter is coming. Why are my dorkings roosting outside and how do I change their behavior before the cold of winter? Do I have too? I live on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
    Thanks, Katie :)

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    A few of my chickens also liked to roost outside in the trees. I left them there until one got taken by a predator, after which we climbed up a ladder and pulled them out of the tree in the evenings and put them in the coop. After a few days of this they thankfully got tired of it and went into the coop themselves.

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