it got dark before one chicken could get up on the roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by trictle, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. trictle

    trictle Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2010
    Typically, my 4 hens all get up on the roost by the time I go and lock them up which is usually an hour or so after dark. But tonight, and on one other occasion I have gone out to find that one didn't make it to the perch and is sitting on the floor of the coop. Is this a problem? I try to put her up on the roost but she doesn't want to grab onto it. She just makes irritated sounds and walks away.
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    I don't worry about it when it's just a once in awhile thing and with mine it's usually the young roos anyhow. I swear they're just like little boys, always wanting to stay up late in case they miss something.

    I would worry if it is always the same hen and becomes a habit. If that is the case a couple of things could be going on from something simple like needing a bit more roost space to prevent night time squables to bumblefoot making it uncomfortable to roost and needing some medical intervention.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Give it a good look over to make certain nothing is wrong with it.

    That's an uncommon thing, so look in to it.

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