Get off the coop!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Goodfolk, May 29, 2017.

  1. Goodfolk

    Goodfolk Chirping

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    [GALLERY=][/GALLERY][GALLERY=][/GALLERY]Hi all!

    Our hens are preferring to roost on top of the coop, rather than in it. It is irritating, because they get there before ready to put them away, and they poop on the top, making a big mess. It's not that we mind grabbing them up and put them into the coop, we just want them to go there first, so all we have to do is shut the door.

    What can we put on top that will encourage them not to sit up there?

    Grateful thanks in advance!
     

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  2. ChickonLand

    ChickonLand Chirping

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    My hens do the same thing! They want to roost as high as they can. Maybe put some roosting bars in their coop? I haven't tried this yet but I hear you can put wire mesh or metal sheets on the top of the coop so the hens don't roost there. Hope it helps!
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    How many chickens do you have, and how big (in feet by feet) is that coop? It could be that it's too crowded and/or stuffy for them to be comfortable.
     
  4. Goodfolk

    Goodfolk Chirping

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    We have three adult hens. They free range all day in the backyard, the coop is just for sleeping. The coop is about 3 x 4, with two roosting rods, and plenty of air blows through.
     
  5. Goodfolk

    Goodfolk Chirping

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    We've got two roosting bars in the coop.
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    How far from the ceiling are the roosting bars?
     

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