How to keep chicks from roostin in rafters

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by usalbrechts, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. usalbrechts

    usalbrechts Songster

    May 22, 2007
    south east MI
    Well, everybody has been roosting wonderfully on their roost night after night...until last night. We went to lock them up last night and only 9 girls were on the roost. We looked all over the run and couldn't find the other 3. My daughter looked up in the coop and there were my 2 leg horns and one of the BRs up on the 2X4 rafters. One is directly over the roost so the chicks roosting below get pooped on and one is where we hang the feeder from so it was covered in poop this morning!!!! How do I keep them from sleeping there again tonight????
  2. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    You might need to nail some chicken wire across the rafters to keep them from going up there. I know I had to staple hardware cloth on the side of the windows of the coop to keep some of my girls from roosting on them at night. I got sick of cleaning poo off the walls of the coop.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yeah, you'll have to block it off some how to keep them down from it.

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