Not using the roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by soldierinchrist, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. soldierinchrist

    soldierinchrist Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2011
    Hey guys my buff orps are alittle over 3 months old and it seems they are still not roosting but are still sleeping on the floor of the coop. Is there any reason for concern? Other than that everything is all well for my first adventure in poultry. Can't wait til they start laying and earning thier keep.

    Thank you and have a Blessed and Merry Christmas

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  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Don't worry, young birds like to be on the floor, as they get older they will start using the roosts with no problem [​IMG]

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  3. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    My chicks stayed on the floor until around week 9. Don't worry, they will most likely roost when they feel it's time. You can try putting them up there in the evenings, I did for four nights in a row but they just flew right back down. I finally just left them alone to do what comes natural to them.
  4. soldierinchrist

    soldierinchrist Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2011
    thank you for all the encouraging words and may you have a Merry Christmas.

    God bless
  5. seattlehens83

    seattlehens83 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2011
    If your impatient like I was then you can put a 2x4 on the floor and then just step it up a little higher and higher each week. Seemed like my pullets didnt like the tallest roost till like 14 weeks. I had to step them up as I think it was just to high for them.
  6. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    They usually do start to roost on their own with time - although mine took several months so don't worry if they're a bit slow getting it! I find that if they roost on a stick or something in their brooder right from a young age, they'll be used to it when they're older.
    I hope you're enjoying your chickens! [​IMG]

    Merry Christmas. [​IMG]

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