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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by remsset, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. remsset

    remsset Out Of The Brooder

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    How to get the chickens to use the roost?
     
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    Chickie my my Out Of The Brooder

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    how old are your Chickens?
     
  3. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We need more information. What is your coop like? How old are your chicks? How long have they been in the coop?
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Can you give more info or photo of your situation?

    Where, what configuration and what type of roosts do you have?
    How old are your chickens? Have they rooster before?
     
  5. remsset

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    They are 6-7 months old. I'll have to get photos of the coop.
     
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    By 6-7 months they are usually already roosting somewhere. Photos may help.
     
  7. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree - at that age, they should prefer to roost rather than to stay on the ground at night. Mine don't go into the coop yet, but I have roosting poles in the run and they like to roost there. I think they will start to use the coop when it gets colder. We live in NW Florida and it's very pleasant right now.
     
  8. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 4 month old chickens are still roosting in the run, too. They go into the coop during the day though. This is my 3rd time with new chickens and I always have to teach them to go to the coop at night. Even if it gets cold they will stay outside. I put em in there once and never have to show them again. Its time to show this bunch because its getting cooler at night here.
     
  9. remsset

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    I keep putting them on the roost at night, and starting to build them some kind of roost for outside. Is there photos on this site for outside roost.
     
  10. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can find all kinds of great stuff on the coops and runs forum. I got some great ideas for my new coop there.

    Update on my younger pullets - I went to check on them last night and half were in the coop roosting and the other, more timid half was roosting in the run. It only took part of them a day to get it figured out. I think the rest will follow very soon! We got down to 45 degrees last night!
     

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