New roost in the pen....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by trixanned, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. trixanned

    trixanned Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 5, 2011
    My husband built a new roost outside. 5 feet from the coop in the pen . It has got a roof over the pen and is all fenced in . I have 3 dogs to keep any varment away from the yard.
    All of my hens would go sleep on the roost in the coop. But since another roost was built in the pen they have been sleeping on it. Are they smart enough to know that they can also go into the coop to sleep or do they just want to sleep outside ? And will I have to take the new roost down?
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Sounds like they just want to sleep there. I'd take it down or lower it so it's only a foot or so off the ground.
  3. trixanned

    trixanned Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 5, 2011
    It is only a foot off the ground and 5 ft. from the coop.
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    My graddad let his pullets free range while growing up. They would sleep in the apple trees come rain or stars. They didn't have any problems, but they were young and strong and maybe dumb. There are feral chickens who sleep outside all the time. So if the run is secure I'd let them decide. By the way my perch in the run is three feet off the ground. If they can get on it they should have no problem getting down no matter the height.

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