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

    May 2, 2012
    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

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Are the perches in the coop narrower than the ones they use during the day?

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