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Not using their roost!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Pequena Bandada, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

    Jun 13, 2010
    I'm new the chicken world. Our four 13 week old pullets arrived Monday, and since then we've noticed that they don't use their roost bar. At all. Both nights they've been huddled together in the corner of the coop on the floor. It's not cold out nor is the coop drafty. So should I do anything, or just let them continue to sleep on the floor...?

    I was thinking that perhaps the roost is too big (it's a 2" dowel) or perhaps it's not high enough off the floor (it's perhaps 18" high, but the coop is only 4 feet tall). Any other suggestions?

  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    It's gonna take them a little time to adjust to the new area. There are some breeds that don't roost but if these are normal egg layers then they will roost in time.

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