Lying Down

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Betty Coop, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. Betty Coop

    Betty Coop Out Of The Brooder

    Good evening,
    I have 6 RIR and a Betty and I have found they perch in the run but they prefer to sleep lying down in their coop.
    The coop has a nest box section and then a bigger section which has narrow pieces of wood separating it - to act as perches.
    When I look at them they are all sleeping on the floor and not 'perching'.
    Is this ok?
    I clean the babies out every other day so they aren't actually laying down in their poop.
    thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Hi, and welcome to backyard chickens. I have a few hens that will occasionally try to sleep in the nestboxes, and I just will move them up on to the roost when they do that. ( Same when they try to lay an egg on the roost)
     
  3. Justicedog

    Justicedog Out Of The Brooder

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    My 6 chickens would all try to cram into one nesting box and would sleep in a dog pile. For 2-3 straight nights I went out and moved them to the roost after they were settled. I also put a ladder in for them to get to the roost easier. They should have been able to get up without the ladder, but I figured the ladder would give them options.
     
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are the perches in the coop narrower than the ones they use during the day?
     

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