Roo won't sleep on the roost with his hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by opihiman911, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    I have a big Austrolorp roo, Keoki, who is probally 9-10 minths old and had been the master of the coop for a while now. All my hens know and respect him and follow him everywhere. In the past he used to sleep on the top roost in the coop with all his girls.
    Over the last couple weeks when I check on them in the morning Keoki has a bunch of droppings on his back. He has stopped sleeping on the roost with his girls and is now sleeping under the roost and getting S**t on all the time. I've gone out at night and put Keoki up on the roost and his girls just move over and make room for him. I know he can jump up to the roost as I see him up there for afternoon nap.
    Its getting to the point where I don't want to carry him because I know what was on his back and his back goes under my DW has even complained that my shoulder smell like s**t and won't give me a hug.
    Whats up with him? Is he just getting to big to jump to the top roost when it is crowded with his girls? Doe he just have a warped turn on and into scatology and being humiliated and degraded?
    Any help as my big handsome shiny black roo is literally full of it and I don't want anything to do with him.

  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Not sure whats going on with him, but I would try prevent him from sleeping UNDER the roost - put wire up or block that area anyway you can!!!
    check on him an hour or so after dark, and put him back on the roost if he is sleeping somewhere else.

    good luck!
  3. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Doe he just have a warped turn on and into scatology and being humiliated and degraded? [​IMG]

    LOL [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2008
  4. paul65

    paul65 In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    SW Pennsylvania
    I would go out after dark and keep putting him on the roost you may have to do it for a week or two but he will get the ideal.
  5. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    You could put a droppings board under the roost if he decides to never go back up there. Seems like there must be a reason that he stopped though. Check his feet for any boo-boos, is the roost really narrow? Is there enough space for him? I don't know...weird, huh?

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