Not using the perch

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CORick, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. CORick

    CORick In the Brooder

    Nov 19, 2015
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I have 7 14 week old pulleys and since I moved them to their coop they are not roosting on the perch, they instead sleep all huddled up in the corner of the coop. They used the little low starter perches I had in their brooder, I even moved those into the coop for them but they don't sleep on them or the main perch I put in. It's about 16 inches high, 2x4, the same height and style I built a number of years ago for other chickens I used to have. I can see a few small stains on it so I know they use it at times but every night when they go in they just huddle together on the floor. Aside from that they seem perfectly healthy and normal. Is this normal behavior and they will eventually get the hang of it? Just curious.

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    They should get the hang of it. Some people put them on the roosts on an evening time, but personally I leave them to get used to roosting themselves. It will likely only take one curious bird to hop on the roost and the others will follow.


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