Hens are not roosting?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hens in Merrimack, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Hens in Merrimack

    Hens in Merrimack New Egg

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    Hi Everyone,
    I hope this is the right place to ask...

    I have 4 year old hens that came from a friends. This is their first day here.

    They are not going up on roost? They are huddled together on the floor of the coop?

    Should I be concerned? Should I do anything?

    Thanks for any advice!!!
     
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    Well it is their first night so they are not used to your other chickens. Maybe guide them up to the roost?
     
  3. Hens in Merrimack

    Hens in Merrimack New Egg

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    Okay I can try. There are no other chickens.
    The coop they were in was HUGE, mine is much more appropriate for the number. Maybe they feel cramped?
     
  4. justafewchickens

    justafewchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    RThey probably are just getting used to their new home. They are probably feeling off their schedule. I'm sure they will get back to roosting up in no time. If not I would put some up or all to show them.
     
  5. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    Quote:Good idea [​IMG]
     
  6. Hens in Merrimack

    Hens in Merrimack New Egg

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    night #2....

    That worked for 1!! I put her on the pole and she has stayed there. I tried to put another one up and then the first one jumped down, then that one. I went back to the first one figureing the others would follow by example, not the case.
    2 are sleeping in the nesting boxes and 1 is just on the floor of the coop...

    Time will tell.
    I did get my first 3 eggs today!!!! Pretty excited, the neighbors probably thought I was hurt from all the yelling!!![​IMG]
     
  7. EssexGirl

    EssexGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    We got a couple of hens that had not been used to roosting on a perch and we spent weeks lifting them up on to the perch at night. They would stay, but they never figured out how to get up there without help and would sleep in the nestbox if left alone,. We put in a ladder up to the perch and now they get up there every night on their own! [​IMG]
     
  8. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of my chickens still have to be "put to bed". Others figured it out just fine. And some, can't figure out how to get down, once they get up. LOL. Fortunately, most are smarter, and only a few are not. Play it by ear.

    Congrats on the eggs!!
     
  9. Hens in Merrimack

    Hens in Merrimack New Egg

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    Thanks! It is nice to know I'm not alone!
    My coop is pretty small and I only have 4 birds, but trying to keep them calm with my fat butt in the coop with them and tring to grab them all at the same time!!!!!!

    I should sell tickets to this show!!![​IMG]
     

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