Hens are not roosting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by love_stuz, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. love_stuz

    love_stuz Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 13, 2011
    Hi all, I just recenlty made a roost for my 3 hens, they are probably around months old and have had them for 6. At frst i just let them sleep in their nesting boxes, positioned around half a metre off the ground. But now one of my hens have gone broody, so i made the roost so she would not sleep where she usually sits on the fake eggs (roost is at maximum height of the hen box) . So i have blocked off the nesting boxes, but the hens are sleeping on the ground in the corner of the coop. I dont know how to make them use the roost. they have jumped up on there a few times but have not stayed. thanks :)
    PS. I have had the roost set up for 2 nights now.
  2. Stevo

    Stevo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Howell, NJ
    They will use it just give them a little time. Try to not let them roost in the nestbox. They will poop it up and is a pain to clean.
  3. Justicedog

    Justicedog Out Of The Brooder

    May 2, 2012
    When I moved my girls from the brooder box to the coop, they would all try to cram into one nesting box. There were 6 of them. I boarded off the nesting boxes, so they all crammed into a dog pile in the corner. Two nights after they were settled, I went out there and moved them to the roost, then after that, they started sleeping up there.
  4. love_stuz

    love_stuz Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 13, 2011
    I would try and go out and move them, but they are under the nesting boxes in the corner, and i cant really get in there??
  5. love_stuz

    love_stuz Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 13, 2011
    They do jump up on the roosts in the morning though?
  6. TweeTea

    TweeTea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2012
    Canberra, Australia
    We had a similar problem, set up a new roost and the 3 girls and 1 roo wouldn't go in. The roo tried to lure the girls in but they would have none of it so he eventually gave up and slept outside with them.

    Changed the entry to make it bigger, no success.
    Blocked their other nesting box, they slept on another ledge.
    Blocked the ledge, they slept on the ground.
    Changed the roost again and they used it to lay eggs in but wouldn't sleep in it.

    Once one girl was happy to nest in it and I blocked their last sleeping spot they all happily climbed in the new roost and have been there the last 3 nights. I think a big part is that they feel safe climbing in. If you can throw some food treats in (meale worms work REALLY well) and get them happy to be in the roost in daylight hours that helped my girls feel confident in it. If they are happy by day they seem more confident to trust it at twilight.

    ...not sure if this helps but keep us posted.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

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