My Silkie is roosting

gwill23

Songster
9 Years
Mar 14, 2010
118
2
109
Grangeville Idaho
Interesting out of the 4 silkies I got a few months ago. I went in at night to lock up and I couldn't find my white one. I looked everywhere, then I saw she was up on the roost about 5 feet off the ground up with the big buff orpington and barred rock moms. Huh I guess that just shows, you never know what chickens might do.
 

CityGirlintheCountry

Green Eggs and Hamlet
12 Years
Jul 7, 2007
6,950
130
311
Middle TN
My hatchery silkies have always roosted. All the other chickens and they just didn't know they weren't supposed to I guess. My show silkies didn't have a roost in their old coop. They did all prefer to perch on the 1x6 that kept the shavings in the coop, so I guess that is roosting of sorts. I just moved them into a new coop that has roosts. We shall see if they figure it out in the new coop.
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greenSearcher

Songster
9 Years
Aug 22, 2010
459
4
111
Texoma
It will be interesting to see how the 4 silky chicks handle roosts. I have low roosts that go in the brooder at about 4 weeks, or when I see the chicks roosting on the feeders. About that time I switch the feeders to big girl feeders on a stepping stone and cover the opening at the top with and inverted steel mixing bowl taped in place. The slide off of it for quite a while. The perches are about 30x2x2, placed perpendicular to at the top of a 6"x2"x2" up rights and have a 6"x2"x4" stabilizer attached to the base of the upright. By the time the chicks are ready to move to the coop they are used to perches.
 

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