Getting pullets to sleep on the roosting bar?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 44Wolves, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2013
    Good luck! I'm looking forward to your update :)
  2. Joan71

    Joan71 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2013
    South Carolina
    Hi, if your chicks are only 9 weeks old, check and see how high your roost is from the floor. In the beginning, I fixed my roost so they could hop up on it. then as they got bigger and I moved them to a larger area, I raised their roost to accommodate their growth (height). I didn't have nesting boxes put in until they started laying. Check to see the size of the roost (that it is not to large around for them to grasp comfortably. I hope this may give you some idea. If you can't remove the nesting boxes, perhaps you can cover the fronts so they won't be able to go in the nest. Good luck with your girls.
  3. AussieHens96

    AussieHens96 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2013
    Yep all of our girls, except one which is under a year, are over a year, and sleep in the box. Eh, it's not a big fuss but it does get messy so I clean them out every couple days. Two minute job and the stuff gets thrown on the garden beds, great fertiliser :p
  4. Mike48

    Mike48 New Egg

    Aug 28, 2013
    I blocked the nesting boxes as they head into the coop for the night. Checked in couple of hours, they were all roosting, and opened the nesting boxes up. Try it for a few nights. Worked for me. Animals are habitual. Mine were young and still afraid of the older chickens and headed to the nesting boxes for safety.
  5. Betsy57

    Betsy57 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Murphysboro IL USA
    I have 3 that always sleep crammed togethetr on the lid of the feed can. Can't keep them off it. Now I am having one or two sleep with their butts in the nest facing out. So I have poop to clean every morning too. Just have to either close the boxes off and take the can out or live with it. I just live with it. Sounds like you may not need that many nest boxes if you have that few of chicks. They each don't need one. I started mine young with small roosts and worked them up in height. I had to close up the rafters in my coop because they were roosting up in the rafters and were only about 2 months old and I was afraid they'd hurt themselves flying down. Probably wouldn't have but I wanted to be sure. It always surprises me what those birds can do. Good luck with the exciting life with chickens.
  6. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    Make sure the roost is higher than the nest box. They will instinctively go for the highest roost.
  7. TERRY4

    TERRY4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2012
    Jeromesville, Ohio
    Clean all the nest boxes and try clean straw in them, and ADD a golf ball in each nest! They may get the idea. Keep doing it over and over. I thought mine would never roost and now they're up on the roosts before dark, waiting for me to come shut the chicken door for the night.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
  8. 44Wolves

    44Wolves Here is Your New Title

    Jun 28, 2009
    Last night was a bit late for me to do much with them, but I put a soccer ball in each nest. It didn't seem to frighten them at all, but at least they could not go in. I let them be for 5 minutes, came out, and they were all lined up at the door. There's a small piece of a 24 there to prevent wood shavings from falling out, and they were all on it. I guess that counts as some sort of roosting? xD I am going to add another lower roost at about the same height as the top of the nesting boxes (the other one is about a foot taller than that/2 feet tall)
  9. TERRY4

    TERRY4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2012
    Jeromesville, Ohio
    If you'd just try what I said {above}, you may get better results. Scaring them out of the nests may give you problems later on. When I stopped worrying about my girls doing as I want them to do, they decided to do it. Just don't bother them and see. Give it time!

    And please get those soccer balls out of there! Lol..
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
  10. TERRY4

    TERRY4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2012
    Jeromesville, Ohio
    How old are they now?

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