Not using roost to perch

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Toshi, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Toshi

    Toshi Songster

    Jul 2, 2011
    IN corn state
    I have this one hen that will not, not perch up on her roost. She keeps perching on the nest boxes!! She poos in there and i have to clean it out all the time becuase i can't brake her from it. I go out everynight to close their door and there she is on the next box perching...How do i stop this? I move her everynight but she only goes right back to it.

    What should i do? Is there anything that can be done?

    Oh and side note, there is plenty of perching space, i only have four birds in my coop, there is plenty of room. And the roost is higher up then the next boxes, the others are not picking on her or anything but she will not roost with them.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011

  2. so lucky

    so lucky Songster

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    I have a slanting roof on my nest boxes, that the chickens can't sit or stand on due to the sharp angle of the roof. Therefore no perching, no poop. Maybe you could try something like this.
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    About an hour before birds go to roost make it so she can not get into nest. Repeat for a couple nights, then stop obstructing access to nest.
  4. chicken grandma

    chicken grandma Songster

    Sep 1, 2008
    west michigan
    I have had some breeds that would like to lie down at night instead of perch. They will perch if you make the perch WIDER. For example if you are using a 2X2 inch perch, then nail a 4 X1 inche board accross the top to make a platform that is 4 inches wide for her. Basically take your perch and put a little platform on it so she can lie down.

    There are lots of reasons a hen may prefer to lie down and there is no reason that you cannot accomodate her preference. She will be a healthier and happier hen if you listen to her request and respond!
  5. cobrien

    cobrien Songster

    Mar 16, 2009
    Oakland, CA
    I had that problem and I put in some empty 1 or 2 gallon plant pots upside down to keep them out every night for about a week or two and it stopped them from doing it. You could put any convenient object to do this.

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