- Dec 2, 2017
I have 6 elderly chickens and recently added 3 new hens and a roo. They are almost 5 months old. The new hens and roo were in a smaller, adjoining coop and run for a month before moving in. My problem is that the new birds won't roost with the other hens and roost in the laying boxes. The laying boxes get chicken manure in them from the new hens and roo and are impossible to keep clean. I have 2x4 roosts about 2' off the floor of the hen house. There is plenty of room for all the chickens. I tried going out after dark and placing them on the roost. They jumped right off and went back to the nesting boxes. I've never had this problem with young hens. Any help would be greatly appreciated.