learning to roost

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lorain's fids, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    we put in a mini roost in the crate the chicks are being housed in-so far 4 are getting the hang of it.(excuse the poop-I was going to clean the crate out but when I seen 4 of them on the roost I decided to get the picture instead.)

  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    They look really cute on that little roost.
  3. TaylorHobbyFarms

    TaylorHobbyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2010
    That is so cute. It is great that you are starting them out early.
  4. alaynalynn

    alaynalynn Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2011
    Now that's adorable!
  5. TheJuan-n-Only

    TheJuan-n-Only Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
    [​IMG], I also had a roost for my chicks..I had it in the brooder from day 1......now on week 5 they are out in the coop and one of them started to roost on her own last night (day 2 outside)....she chose not to use the roost, rather a rafter...but what can I do!? hehehehe

  6. Sinfonian

    Sinfonian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2011
    Seattle area
    I gave mine a roost from day 1 and they've never used it. I moved mine into the coop and even set them on the roost. No luck. They huddle in the corner. Go figure.
  7. LoreenH

    LoreenH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    Quote:How long have they been in the coop? Mine have been out about 2 1/2 months and just started using the roost a few weeks ago. They are almost 16 weeks.
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Every single one of the chicks I brooded took until they were about 12 to 18 weeks to roost at night. They would practice roosting during the day, playing Big Chickens, but still sleep on the floor. During the day when the flock was outside, the "tween aged" chicks would go into the coop and get up onto the roosts. At night, they'd pile together on the floor. I think it has a lot to do with confidence and practice. It's gotta be hard to trust you won't fall off while you're asleep, y'know?

    HEN raised chicks, however, roost really early, before momma stops raising them. When she decides she wants to roost with her flock-mates at night, the chicks gotta get up there to snuggle with her, and they do so. I've watched a hatch mother try to get chicks up on the roost at night (to shut up the anguished peeping from the floor!) for 3 nights; the first two nights she gave up and got back down on the floor with them, or even went back to the broody spot with them. The third night, the first chick managed it and the second and third chick quickly got the idea.

    But without a mommy under whose wings you've been sleeping at night to encourage you, there's no real reason to get up on that roost and maneuver amongst the Big Chickens to sleep there.

    Confidence and practice, yup. They need that first.

    They'll learn, eventually, how to balance whilst asleep. Have patience. ;-)

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