Keeping Chickens On Roost????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by afeatherfan, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. afeatherfan

    afeatherfan Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2007
    How Do I Keep The Chickens On The Roost And Not In The Nest At Night??? They Have Made It All Nasty.
    I Have Went Out And Even Moved Them On The Roost At Night An They Will Still Go Back
    To The Nest It Is Awfull Poo Every Where And I Have Plenty Of Roosting Space
    For Everyone. Any Body??????????
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    You have to do it after dark, when they can't see to move back.
    If all else fails, block off the nestboxes and open them back up in the morning. This requires being an early, early riser...of which I am not.

    Are your nestboxes higher than your roosts?
  3. chickenshagg

    chickenshagg THE ALPHA ROO

    Apr 18, 2009
    St. Charles, MO
    I had 3 that hatched from a broody hen at the end of the of the summer. They were the only ones that I had a problem with sleeping in the nest boxes. Their mom moved to the roost but they wanted to stay in the box. I would go out and move them to the roost only for them to move back to the nest boxes. Sometimes the first one was moving back before I could get the last one out. Finally I went to putting a board across the nest boxes to prevent them from getting in. That was not as simple as it sounds because I would go out in the morning and find the board knocked over so I had to wedge the board in tight so that they could not pull it out.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If your hens are presently laying, block the openings to the nest boxes in late afternoon and reopen in the AM. If your hens are not laying, block the nest boxes until they start. Do this until sleeping on the roost becomes habit. If by any chance you are talking about silkies, they freuently refuse to roost rather choosing to huddle together in a nest box, corner, etc. This may present an even more difficult problem.
  5. afeatherfan

    afeatherfan Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2007
    Thanks for all the advice .Yes my roosts are higher than the nesting boxes . I have Black Copper Marans and every blasted one of them go in those boxes. I will put wire across all of them
    and put a milk crate for the 1 that layes me a egg and when they all start laying I will take down my wire. Thanks again ..I dont know why I didnt think off that GEE:idunno
  6. Bobby Joe

    Bobby Joe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2010
    This too is a problem for me ,laying boxes at recomended height ,roost are higher than them even real high and plenty room gonna try blocking them off ,thanks for the tip...

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