Is there a trick to getting baby chicks to roost?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gainesvillechickenlover, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. Gainesvillechickenlover

    Gainesvillechickenlover In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2008
    I was curious. We have 5 chicks around 7 weeks. They are in the pen most of day and at night I put them in the hen house. They will not roost they keep jumping back to the floor. Will they eventually get it? Just curious.
  2. ebaribault

    ebaribault Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    Antrim, NH
    Mine have been roosting since they were 2 weeks old.
    I built a mini roost for them.
    They will get the hang of it after a while.

    Good luck
  3. mtnchicks

    mtnchicks In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2007
    I agree, they will eventually. It is a natural instinct, and they will do it when they are ready. I know there are a few exceptions, and I have a frizzled cochin rooster that never roosts, he sleeps on the floor, but it doesn't bother me if it doesn't bother him! I have a "ladder" with very close rungs that I made so that my Silkies could get up to roost since they can't fly well, and they all figured it out eventually.

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    Don't try to force them to roost. Roosting before the keel bone has hardened can cause deformities. They'll roost when they're ready.
  5. Chamelle

    Chamelle Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    Springfield, OR
    Mine are 2 weeks, and when hubby made them a larger brooder, he made several mini-roosts for them. The lowest and longest one is only a few inches off the floor. Just now I walked by and there were TEN chicks lined up on the roost. They like the higher ones too... the highest is about 6 inches high.

    Maybe they need to get used to the idea of something a little lower to the ground before they want to jump up to the big-girl roost? (assuming that your roosts are at all high)
  6. jnjross

    jnjross Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    mine have a broom stick 10in high in the day pen

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