[pic] Roosting Question [pic]

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gltrap54, May 29, 2010.

  1. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Songster

    Mar 26, 2010

    Girls (2 month Gold Comets) don't want to use the roosts in their new coop. They're roosting in one nesting box & on one sill of a side wall vent. How long will it take them to figure things out?
    Last edited: May 29, 2010
  2. sianara

    sianara Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Central MA
    They are still kinda young at that age. I would cover up the nesting boxes so they can't get inside them. Then for a few nights I would go out there at dusk and physically place them on the roosts. Do that a few times and they should get the hang of it.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    A while, yet. [​IMG]

    My 15 week old pullets still pile together in a nest box and near it (all five are too big for one box now). They use the roosts during the day, occasionally, but don't roost at night yet.

    My last batches of chickens did the same.... but eventually used the roost bars. I'm not going to worry about it.
  4. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Songster

    Mar 26, 2010
    OP here........ Guess I just need to give it some time......... Kinda thought it would be a natural since they took to the roost in their brooder right away..........[​IMG]
  5. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    You might want to try a little ladder up to the roosts. While they probably don't need it, they might like to use it in the beginning until they get the hang of flying up there. Just a thought.
  6. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Songster

    Mar 26, 2010
    Quote:I thought of that earlier........ Guess I better get busy & make em a ladder!
  7. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Songster

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Chickens are natural jumpers and will eventually get up to them. Mine were good on the roost (w/o a ladder) at around 8-10 weeks old. My roosts are 2.0' and 3.5' off of the floor, respectively. Once they reached the bottom one the other was even easier!
    Last edited: May 31, 2010

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