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My chickens won't get in the roost.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cindy65, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. cindy65

    cindy65 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 10, 2009
    Tacoma Washington
    My chickens will not get into their roosting area and nest boxes.
    We put a ladder and a ramp going up into it but they just don't seem to be understanding how to get up there. I have gone in to the coop and helped each one up but they will not go by themselves. I am afraid they will start laying eggs on the floor of the coop.
    Can anyone give me some advice on this?
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Can you post pics maybe that would help? Can you close them in that area for awhile?
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2009
  3. BigSkyChickens

    BigSkyChickens Free Bird

    Apr 3, 2009
    Pleasant Hill, CA
    Yes, pictures would help.....

    Make sure there isn't too much space in between the rungs of the ladder.

    Try putting some treats/crumbles on the rungs or ramp.....that's how I taught my chicks to go up the ramp to their coop.

    Also, how old are they? My chicks slept in a pile next to the next boxes until they were about 4-5 months old.

    Good luck!
  4. cindy65

    cindy65 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 10, 2009
    Tacoma Washington
    I love your website! I think you love your chickens as much as I love mine!

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