My chickens are not roosting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by miss jay's mama, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. miss jay's mama

    miss jay's mama In the Brooder

    Sep 9, 2008
    northeast PA
    I have six three almost four month old chickens. They will not sleep on their roost. Instead they huddle in the same corner night after night. During the day they will hang out on all of their roosts so they can easily reach them. When they still lived in our basement they would fight over their baby roost. Why aren't they roosting now?? Any suggestions.

  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Are they the same roosts they had as chicks? Chickens hate change. If they are not the same roosts, try picking them up and putting them on the roost at night.
  3. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    I remember mine did not roost right away when I moved them from their brooder box to their permanent pen. They would all pile together in the same corner of the coop night after night. I, of course thought they would smother each other, but apparently they knew what they were doing.

    I too saw them during the day on the roosts, so I knew the height was good. Sounds like yours are at a correct height as well.

    Give them time, I think mine just needed to grow up a little and be more secure at night on a roost. I have no scientific proof of that, it's just what I think. At about 5 months old, I found them on the roosts. I would say, don't worry, they will get there.


    RASTACHICKI In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2008
    Mobile, Alabama
    What's the hurry? They will eventually figure it out. Mine huddled up for a while too. Then they all figured it out one day like a light switch in their little chicken brains!!!
  5. miss jay's mama

    miss jay's mama In the Brooder

    Sep 9, 2008
    northeast PA
    Thanks for the suggestions. I've tryed putting them on the roost already-it didn't work. I'll go with the wait and see method. And no they are not the same roosts they had when they where chicks. They out grew their baby roost months ago.

  6. GaDawg

    GaDawg Songster

    May 16, 2008
    North GA
    Chickens seem to do their own thing....haha
    mine go in their house during the day but roost outside in their pen all night. go figure...:|
  7. Badhbh

    Badhbh Songster

    Nov 16, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    Mine did it for a LONG time.. several months after going outside. They still do it when they get chilly. It's no big deal- they won't smother each other at that age [​IMG]

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