Out late again miss chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by The Chickeneer, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    I have sixteen pullets and cockerells that all sleep in the same coop. Once it's dark I go and lock them up, but before I do that, I count to make sure they are all there. But then theres one missing [​IMG], and it's the exact same pullet every night that sleeps on the roof of the coop for some reason [​IMG]. Usualy my chickens have an order in which they sleep on the roost, older ones closest to the front door [​IMG], and the younger ones all the way down the roost, closest to the back door [​IMG]. The ones higher in rank peck their subordinants, butI don't think it's because she is in the bottom of the pecking order, because she is in the older nine(closest to the front door), and therefore above the younger seven(2 months younger, all the way down the roost, closest to the back door ). So I don't see why she sleeps up there, and it always takes me a while to get her down. I would appreciate any advice, thank you.[​IMG]
  2. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

    Aug 20, 2009
    She'll come in when it gets cold [​IMG]. Seriously, I always have a rouge one sleeping on the roof or a tree, not a big deal for me.
  3. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    I hear you! I have one who every night, perches on top of the door to the coop. The door is split horizontally, so in the summer, the top half is covered by a wire screen that opens to the inside to allow for ventilation and the solid top half stays open. I have to reach up and push her off the top half every night. I am always afraid that she is going to be hurt flying down from there. Usually, I keep nudging her to the end of the door and she flies off (I can only reach her feet), but last night I nudged her and she dropped like a rock to the ground. It scared the heck out of me and I banged my head on the door when I bent down to see if she was okay. [​IMG] She got up and walked off and seems fine this morning. If I let her stay out there, she has no protection from predators. I guess tonight, I am going to try to catch her before she goes up there, which means every chicken will need to be in the coop so I can close the door. [​IMG] I can't imagine trying to get one down from the roof! Good luck!

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