my 2 rir chickens don't roost at night

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  1. Grant davis

    Grant davis Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I'm new with chickens and I have 2 rir pullets at 4 months. When they go into there coop when night falls they go up to roost and do a lot of mucking around chirping and all on top off each other, the roost is 1.5m . Then they just jump down and cuddle up in the corner they seem to be happy.
     
  2. Tambo26

    Tambo26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I don't know what to tell you other than mine know what they need/want!

    My 3yo Buff Orpington hens have always roosted at night....until this BRUTAL winter where it has gotten down to -20F some nights! Now they sleep huddled close together on the floor in the shavings! I think I would too! LOL!
     
  3. JDchicks

    JDchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome To BYC!


    That's an interesting question.

    I have a group that are free range, they will use the coop for laying eggs but otherwise they sleep on top of the coop's roof. I just let mine be.

    I would be curious what others thought though.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    Babies often don't know how to roost at night. So it might help if you go out after dark and place them on the roost bars. This will help teach them what you want them to do. Next time you raise chicks, be sure to include a roost bar in the brooder, starting with small branches and work up to a 2x4, 2 side up, as this helps them learn in the brooder how to roost so that when they are moved out into the coop, the instantly know how to sleep on the bars.

    Good luck with your babies and enjoy BYC!
     
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  5. Grant davis

    Grant davis Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your advice I will give it a go.
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] you've received some good advice here. Good luck to you.
     
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    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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