My chicks won't roost

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CANDLE98, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2008
    Meridian Idaho
    Does roosting come natural or do i have to show them how to roost? I have 12 week old chicks and they would rather all pile in the corner and sleep on each other. they were all raised together from day one so i guess they just really like each other, but we have a nice perch for them but they won't use it! What should I do? Is it okay that they all sleep on each other?
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    How high is the roost? I start mine as day olds on a dowel at 1" off the bottom of the brooder. At a couple of weeks I replace the dowel with a broom handle and raise it another 1" to 2" off the bottom. At a month old I use a 1" x 2" a foot up in the nursery coop. The next step is approximately 3' up in the nursery coop. There are pictures on my BYC Page.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2009

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