new girls

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bongkaz, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. bongkaz

    bongkaz Out Of The Brooder

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    Just picked up my 4 new girls when I locked them in for the night they roosted on the floor instead of on the perch I put in is this OK for them to do thanks
     
  2. thechxwhisperer

    thechxwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Hens who are not used to roosting on bars(not introduced to sleeping on a bar before you bought them) may take a few days to a few weeks to get used to sleeping in a new coop. One of the things you can do is introduce them to the new bar a couple of times until they get it[​IMG]
     
  3. bongkaz

    bongkaz Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for that I've got a roost in but there asleep on the shavings and hay
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    How old are they? Some breeds like silkies pile up in a corner on the floor. Their beards and crests obscure their vision. Other birds may just need to be taught. If you put them up on the roost at dusk they will probably stay there during the night.
     
  5. bongkaz

    bongkaz Out Of The Brooder

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    About a year old I was told
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    Some birds don't like roosting. How high are the roosts? Heavier breeds, or breeds that can't fly well (like Silkies) may have difficulty flying up to a roost. If they grow up without learning how to roost, it can be hard to teach them how to do so. Roosting is a natural behavior for chickens, but not all chickens like roosting. Some of my birds prefer sleeping on flat surfaces instead of sitting on roost bars. Others don't like heights and won't roost very high, or much at all.

    Try putting your birds on the roost each night. They should stay there through the night, and may eventually learn to jump up there on their own.
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    It is okay for chickens to sleep on the ground, and many do (especially if they haven't been raised with roosts.) However, roosting is somewhat healthier for them, as it raises them above the possibly cold floor and keeps them cleaner. I would try putting each bird on the roost at night and seeing if they catch on.

    Good luck!
     
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Although rare, it is possible that chickens don't roost.
     

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