One hen won't roost on perch

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cazandcarls, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. cazandcarls

    cazandcarls Hatching

    Aug 17, 2015
    Hi all, I've been a chicken keeper (3 hens and 1 rooster) for 6 months now, when we first got them we converted an old shed we had in the garden into their coop and closed off the area of fencing around d as a run, however after autumn was over and winter started the rats flocked in and every week we were finding new holes in the shed that we had to cover, after we started seeing the rats during the day we decided it was time for a more secure coop (we live next to a river and a field so rat extermination isn't really a viable option, we decided to make a new coop as rat proof as possible) anyway, we bought a coop ready made and built a run that we fully covered and put hardware cloth all along the bottom so the rats cannot get in. Anyway, 4 nights in and one of my hens just will not roost on the perch, she always used to, and there is plenty of perch space but it seems if I go out an put her on the perch 10 minutes later she will either be in the nest box or on the floor under the other chickens, obviously both are not exactly what we want.. does anybody have any advice on what I can do to get her up with the other chickens? It is a house shaped coop with a pointed roof in the middle, 2 roosts parallel to each other but I don't know if there is room for another perch in there.
  2. rebrascora

    rebrascora Free Ranging

    Feb 14, 2014
    Consett Co.Durham. UK
    Hi and welcome

    Three possible reasons for this behaviour that I can think of off the top of my head....

    1. Not enough room on the roosts and she is being bullied into sleeping on the floor or nest box. Is she perhaps bottom of the pecking order?

    2. She is ill and doesn't feel strong enough to roost.

    3. She is going broody.

    Do any of those sound like they may be applicable?
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2016
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  3. Nativerican2

    Nativerican2 Hatching

    Feb 17, 2016
    Broody that's what was thinking to..
  4. cazandcarls

    cazandcarls Hatching

    Aug 17, 2015
    Not sure about broody, she has been laying for about 2 months but she comes out of the coop into the run during the day. Is it possible to be broody just at night? Unless because she is young she is a bi confused?
    Health check regularly and can't see any signs of ill health or pecking.
    In my flock strangely the rooster is on the bottom, he isn't the most clever of the flock and I think the girls realise that.
    I will have to keep an eye out for any bullying that's going on.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I'd suggest that its not broodiness if she is not sitting during the day - usually nighttime nest sitting is a sign of going towards "total broodiness". I'd follow other suggestions made by Rebrascora and see what you come up with.

    All the best
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Maybe in the previous coop, rats were after them on the roost. That's a hard scene to blot out. Could you rent a couple Jack Russell terriers for a couple of days?

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