Hens roosting in trees

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by deanm, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. deanm

    deanm New Egg

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    Two of my hens have started roosting outside the coop in a nearby tree. I am concerned with predators as well as them not using the egg box for laying. Should I worry? If so, how do I break them?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, predators will get them! You can feed only in the coop, and lock them in when they go in. Is there a problem with the coop, or competition among the birds? Is there a reason these birds don't want to be in? If ther's an issue that needs to be fixed, that will help. You might have to chase them out of the trees. Good luck! Mary
     
  3. deanm

    deanm New Egg

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    The two birds roosting outside are definitely the subordinate birds. The two other hens are higher in pecking order. But they coexist outside the coop together during the day. The two outsiders were newer additions to the flock (early spring this year)
     
  4. laura kae

    laura kae New Egg

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    I have this problem too!
     
  5. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to have a lot of hens that roosted up in trees when I had them free-ranging. I never had a problem. Even now I have a lot who sleep up on top of the coop. Some are just free-spirits.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How big is your coop(feet x feet)?
    How long is your roost(feet)?
    How old are they?
    Have the 2 new ones ever roosted in the coop?
     

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