Is there a secret to moving the chickens from floor/nest to roost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pugmom, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. pugmom

    pugmom Hatching

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    Good evening! New chicken owner here...I have 8 11 mos. old hens that I just purchased (2 Australorps, 2 silver laced wyandots, two red sex links, to RIR).

    The problem I have is that only my silver laced hens will sleep on the roost. The rest are on the floor or in the nests.

    I've done everything this forum has reccomended-I've placed golf balls in the nests which has not worked. I tried to move the hens tonight to the roosts while they were sleeping. I was very quiet, but the RIR started screaming when I picked her up which woke up the other chickens.

    What do I do?
     
  2. goldenluver

    goldenluver Songster

    May 20, 2009
    Springfield, Oregon
    it could be that it is to dark in the coop when they go in. can you put a light in there that you can turn off aftyer dark?
    I only nhad to do this for the first few days and then they came in a little earlier so they could see to get on the roosts.
     
  3. toritori

    toritori Chirping

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    Is it that big a deal if they don't roost? We have Silkies and they are know for not roosting (they sleep in a pile like puppies). We just got 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes they roost on anything and everything they can get their little feet on.
     
  4. chfite

    chfite Songster

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    My barred rocks roost,the new hampshires sleep in a pile.

    Chris
     

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