My 6 hens don't roost!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by trunkman, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    None of my 6 white rocks roost, 4 of them just lay on the shavings on the floor, 1 in a nest box and one under the nest box. I bought these hens as adults that were outdoor birds with no coop, could that be the reason why they don't roost...[​IMG]
  2. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    How long have you had them? If you haven't had them long maybe they just need to learn where to roost...

    Is your roost wide (2"x4"--with the 4" for them to sit on) or is it narrow and round? I have read that they need wider roosts.

    Try moving them to the roost, after dark for a few days. My two EE wanted to sleep in the nest box after about two weeks they moved themselves to the roost..
  3. flockof4

    flockof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2010
    Webster Groves, MO
    Mine aren't roosting either. I have RIR, Buff Orp, Bl Aus, EE. The Buff Orp roosts a little, but the rest just hop up for a second to check it out. Mine prefer the bedding during the day and a shelf at night. I have a round roost about 2" in diameter and a 2" X 2" square roost.
  4. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    my roosts are 2 by 2s. I've had them since january 3rd of this year..all adult
  5. anjbagley

    anjbagley Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Star Valley Wyoming
    Do you have other chickens? If so it could be the "just moving in and I have to be the bottom of the pecking order" that keeps them away. I know with my younger hens they would sleep under the roost floor for quite a while until they finally got brave enough to move up with the big girls.
  6. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Fort Worth
    [​IMG] hmmmm maybe they dont approve of the roost... or maybe they just need the roost to be pointed out to them at night.

    I would put one up there right at the time they normally roost. That way they all see one up there.. even if she jumps down that night they will investigate the next day I bet.

    [​IMG] 2x4 is better... just easier to balance and also keep the feet warm in the cold weather. I use a 1x4 but they sit on the 4 inch side [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2010
  7. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    Houston, TX
    I have 2x2 roosts, and my hens have always roosted. I wouldn't worry about them. If they want to roost, they can, and if they don't, they don't have to.
  8. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Fort Worth
    Quote:I grew up in houston.. [​IMG] It doesn't get cold enough down there to worry about their feet freezing.

    What part of Houston are you in?
  9. caralouise1974

    caralouise1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

    None of my hens have ever roosted. It seems to have started with the BOs, then the bluebelle copied them, and now I have a black australorp and two orpington/cochin crosses and no-one has ever used the perch. It just got in the way so my husband took it out. They clearly prefer the nestboxes and floor, and I don't mind removing the poop every morning, so I don't have a problem with it!
  10. FairfieldChicks

    FairfieldChicks Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 3, 2009
    Burford, Ontario
    If there is no rooster, they need to be shown how...
    My hens did the same thing for almost a year after I got them, only half way through the winter when the rooster started to roost did they finaly get up there, and now only one hen is sitting on the shelf at night [​IMG]
    goodluck, the floor can be dangerous at night if coop doors arent closed, please take precausions
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2010

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