Getting chicks to roost?

Should I put the chicks up on the roost each night?

  • Yes!

  • No! Let them figure out how to do it


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The Golden Egg5

Chicken OBSESSED
Nov 5, 2016
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I am not sure if this is in the right place, but I have a question about my chicks roosting. I have 25 birds and about 10 of them will roost, but the others will not. They huddle up in the corner. They are 12 weeks old. The roost is 4 feet tall. Every night I pick up each bird and put them on the roost, which gets very annoying and time consuming. I don't really want to do that forever. Does anyone know why they won't roost and how I can help them?
 

Magepalm

In the Brooder
May 18, 2017
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Hmm is it possible they could be cold? The ones that came with my ducklings did it on their own within just a couple days, they would always go on top of the feeder lol. But if they were cold they'd huddle together which is what makes me wonder if that's not what's going on
 

The Golden Egg5

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Nov 5, 2016
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It is usually in the 60's at night around here, so I don't think they are cold. I thought about adding lower roosts, but I have seen them fly up that high and I have boxes for them to get closer up to the roost. It is very odd.
 

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