Hens not roosting....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MommaK6, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. MommaK6

    MommaK6 Chirping

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    Our 8 hens sleep on the wall "ledge" instead of the different height roosts I (spent all afternoon one day fretting over whether they'd like them or not) have in our coop. Is this okay? I worry about poop.... I know chickens like to be as high up as possible.

    Our coop is an old smokehouse. Concrete floor.....stone.....built in the '60's.

    The 8 are 10 or 11 weeks old now.....they've been in the coop since Mother's Day. First couple of nights they slept on the floor. Couple of nights on the highest roost (after we put them there) and sometimes 1 or 2 will sleep on the roost while the others are on the "ledge". We have 10 bantams as well, and they sleep in the corner on the floor. We can't even put them on a roost for more than 20 seconds. They are about 6-7 weeks old.

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  2. GardenGal

    GardenGal Songster

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    It took mine a while to figure out perching. If that's not a good area maybe you could put up some wire and close it off? I can see why they'd like it - looks like a cosy spot! What a beautiful setting for your coop :)
     
  3. MommaK6

    MommaK6 Chirping

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    I agree.....I can see why they like it. The rocks warm all day in the sun and they can spread out or get really close depending on the night temperature.
     
  4. Looks like, as usual, they are going for the highest ground.

    Is the area they are roosting in above the roosts you built? It sure does look cozy.
     

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