Hens sleeping in strange locations

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GallusCornelius, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. GallusCornelius

    GallusCornelius In the Brooder

    Sep 16, 2014
    Hello fellow chicken lovers!

    I have 6 hens in all, 3 Wyandottes (Genevieve, Ingrid and Rosemary) and 3 Buff Orpingtons (Elsie, Lucille and Ethel). They are all 22 weeks old and have not started laying yet. Below is a picture from the outside access door of my coop (as well as a floorplan to help you visualize). As you can see in the background, there is ample room on the perches for them all. I have seen them sleep (or hanging out) up there during the day, but at night when they sleep, they tend to congregate where I have marked Xs; either on the ground level floor (in the corner and sometimes climbing on top of one another) or on top of the blue storage tote I have there for food, etc. As far as I can tell there is no temperature/draft issues, or any other reasons for this. Does anyone have a suggestion as to why they are sleeping here? Is there anything wrong with it that I should try to correct, and if so, how?

    Thanks in advance!


  2. countrygirl345

    countrygirl345 Chirping

    Apr 17, 2014
    I cant see the pictures
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    How big are the perches in diameter? (they look kind of thin from that pic) What are they made of, they have good traction? How far away from the wall are they? Have you tried putting them on the perches at night a few times?

    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  4. GallusCornelius

    GallusCornelius In the Brooder

    Sep 16, 2014
    The perches are made of wood 1x2s (the 2" side facing up, the 1" side facing the camera, may be why they look thin). They have pretty good traction, and are about 1 foot or so from the wall. i have not tried putting them up there but might give that a try. Is there a reason they would prefer to sleep in the lowest part of the coop?
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I think if you used 2x4's wide side up that they would be more likely to roost on them.
  6. lamberts chooks

    lamberts chooks In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2014
    Oddly enough, I have 5 chicken and my buff Orpington is the only one who doesn't take herself up to bed at night and just nods off on the run floor! Every night she's the only one I have to put to bed. I keep just comparing her to a cat who'd rather lay in the middle of a tiled floor as it's cool, as opposed to being cosey in a bed! There must be some logical reasoning for it!
  7. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    I agree with @aart - The Orpingtons have massive feet and need a wider perch.

    Use 2 x 4's flat side up, so they are like a bench for them.

    It is much more comfortable, and I think you will find they will be more inclined to use them willingly.

    - Krista

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