How to get my chickens to use their roost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 5lovelyhens, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. 5lovelyhens

    5lovelyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are about 6 months old. We have a roost in their coop, but they don't seem to know what it is. There's these small wooden planks on the floor of the coop that they use to roost, but then when they poo, it gets stuck on them. I put them on the higher one, but they jump off. Is there a way to get them to stay?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Go in after dark and put them on the roosts then shut the light out so they stay there. Otherwise go in during the day and put them up there so they get the idea.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    What are you using for roosting poles and how high are they? If roosts are uncomfortable to sit on all night or too hard to get up to they will sleep elsewhere.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Pics of your coop and roosts would help.
    How many birds do you have?
     
  5. 5lovelyhens

    5lovelyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a wooden bar. My four older girls love theirs, but my two young ones don't. Maybe if I lower it?
     
  6. 5lovelyhens

    5lovelyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And I'll put a picture tomorrow
     
  7. 5lovelyhens

    5lovelyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And I'll put them on it tomorrow night at dark.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How much younger?
    The olders may not be letting the youngers up there.
     
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  9. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    How many chickens and how much roost space? If roost space is tight the older birds will definitely keep the younger birds off.
    Make sure your roosts aren't too narrow, a 2x4 with the wide side up is good for standard size birds. Sitting on something narrow all night can lead to sore feet.
     
  10. 5lovelyhens

    5lovelyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are in 2 separate coops. My 4 older girls are in one and my 2 little girls are in the other. I do use something not too narrow. I think it might be too close to the ceiling, and they just don't think they could get on it. I think I'll try lowering it and maybe putting them on it so they get it
     

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