Hens dont roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Okiebirds, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Okiebirds

    Okiebirds New Egg

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    My have 7 buff orpingtons that are 4 1/2 months old. My wife's uncle gave them to us about 8 days ago, after we finished our coop. The thing i dont know about is they will not use the roost at night. They plie up in one corner of the coop. They would use the nest boxes if I would let them. I have blocked off the boxes because it seemed like a bad habit to get started. Uncle has only one that uses a roost at night. The rest of his does the same thing. We were thinking they may still be a little younig. Is this normal? Will they grow to use the roots? Thanks
     
  2. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello, and welcome to BYC!!!

    you will learn so much about your chickens in these forums.

    your chickens will learn how to roost. they are young and piling up in a corner is warm,
    cozy and secure for the moment.

    so much has gone on in their short lives. new home, new people, maybe new food and treats.
    give them a bit of time.

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  3. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    how high are the roosts???/ and [​IMG] by the way
     
  4. Okiebirds

    Okiebirds New Egg

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    Thanks for the fast reply. Ive been looking around here for a fews weeks now and theres a ton of info.
     
  5. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi -- what Pontoosuc said -- I just chimed in to say [​IMG]

    There is a boatload of information here -- I hope you find it helpful.

    Jenny
     
  6. Okiebirds

    Okiebirds New Egg

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    The roosts in my coop r 22" off the floor. uncle's about the same. 3 or 4 of them will jump up there during the day, but not at night.
     
  7. motoclown

    motoclown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My baby chicks are almost two weeks old and they have been trying to roost.
    Some roost for a little while, while other are just checking out their balance and trying to fly.

    Not sure about your birds, I thought roosting was an natural instinct.
    Is the roost accessible and inviting?
     
  8. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    try putting them on the roosts at night for about 1 week, they should get the hang of it by then
     
  9. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Black Astralorps did the exact same thing for a long time. I think it was because that is what they were used to doing when they were chicks, but they eventually learned to use the roosts by themselves.

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  10. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can try putting them on the roosts at night, if you're worried, they'll figure it out eventually! also, [​IMG]
     

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