How can I get my chickens to roost on a roost?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by paynemom, May 3, 2008.

  1. paynemom

    paynemom In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    Robinson, TX
    I know I messed them up as baby chicks, but now that 3 are 16 wks and 3 are 11 wks, they won't sleep on the roost. I left the 4 nesting boxes open, (stupid, I know) and they always try to sleep in them. So I tried to block them off by putting boards over them, but now they sleep on the boards! As soon as I take them off, they will go right back to the boxes. What can I do? How can I block them? Some will be laying soon, so I will have to let them back in. I tried going in the coop at night and placing them on the roost, but it doesn't last. ANy help would be much appreciated! Thanks!

    3 BO, 2 RIRs, 1 BR
  2. Animallover606

    Animallover606 Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    why not trying placeing them on the roost everyday
  3. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Mine did the same thing. I left them alone. They suddenly started roosting all on their own. I just let them decide when the time was right. Now they have NOTHING to do with nesting boxes until its time to lay eggs.

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