Hens sleeping bunched up?

PNWhens

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Sep 17, 2019
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I have 4 Rhode Island Red hens, about 5-6 weeks old. At night when they go into the coop, I noticed they all sleep in a tight bundle. I am assuming this is to keep warm, but also worries me they may be cold or have separation issues. They feel nice and toasty when I check on them. I am always on the side that animals are animals, and they're more hardy than we think, but I want to make sure they're okay since this is my first time raising chickens.

note: I live on Whidbey Island in Washington. Doesn't really get too chilly on the island as off island. Also what does the little 'OP' in a blue square mean on my profile photo?
 

FortCluck

Hatch-a-Long Queen
Sep 9, 2019
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I have 2 roosters and 4 hens that sleep all in a ball, they have been doing this since they have been babies no matter what the temperature was in their brooder or in the coop. I think that they are just bonded together and inseparable. They will not roost at night even though we made them very nice roosts inside their coop. I also have two red sex links that sleep together as well on the floor. None of them use the roosting bars unless it's during the day, my chickens are odd :gigI have two Polish that would rather fly up into the rafters and sleep up there.
 

townchicks

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That's very normal behavior for babies. Just a side note, they aren't hens yet. They are called pullets, until they're a year old, and boy babies are cockerels, til the same age. It's not just semantics, it helps us all clarify things. When they are older, like 4-5 mos, they may start to use the roosts on their own, or you can gently place them up there after they've gone to bed for the night.
 

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