How can I dissuade a chicken from perching (and pooping) in wrong place?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by juleeque, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. juleeque

    juleeque Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband built a coop from a couple different plans and we had just one uh-oh....The hens like to fly/jump up onto the outside of the nest boxes or the window sills and like to perch there at night and consequently leave poop in unwanted areas, such as the little ladder. Is there something I can do or put on these areas to dissuade them from perching there? They have two very nice perches.
    thx julie
     
  2. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    How wide are the roosts? And you could put something on top of the window sills that is angled so that they can't roost on it. Not very pretty, but should be effective.
     
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    They like high perches so the higher the better and the more apt they are to use. Maybe raise your existing perches to make them more inviting.
     
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  4. NewlyHatchedEgg

    NewlyHatchedEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have two perches, one lower then the nesting boxes and the other higer. We built a screened cabinet above the nest box, preventing the birds from roosting there and it gives us some storage space.
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  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome - this is a common issue - and generally one that is easily addressed, but the actual solution varies based on the setup involved, so photos of your setup would be helpful in offering suggestions - show the roosts that you have available as well as the areas that the birds are using against your wishes.
     
  6. ChxSwaggah

    ChxSwaggah New Egg

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    5 of my 6 Buff Orps started roosting on the roost (above the poop board! hooray!) all by themselves. Actually I put one of the girls up on the roost one night, the others followed her up gradually all by themselves. All but one dummy, she just preferred roosting on the water bucket, which hangs from the ceiling on the other side of the coop. For one week I climbed into the coop and dutifully plucked her (bad choice of words?) from the top of the bucket and moved her to the roost. Last night and again tonight I found her on the roost with the rest of the chickens. She figured it out, just needed a little training.
     
  7. juleeque

    juleeque Out Of The Brooder

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    thx for the ideas. I looked up 'poop boards' and may try to incorporate that into the coop. I ended up laying a large stick across and so far, as one said, not very pretty, but functional.
     
  8. juleeque

    juleeque Out Of The Brooder

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    ok, back to the drawing board....so they are still getting up on the nesting boxes and pooping...and they are bigger now which means...bigger poop!. So is there anything they dislike stepping on? (nothing cruel). I was thinking of velcro. Would that feel icky under their feet that they would stay off boxes? Sand paper??
     
  9. jbtcajun

    jbtcajun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a area they were using that was above the nest box too.
    Some porch screen material stapled in a way to prevent them from getting their worked for me.
    good luck
     

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