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roost location can be changed by stress after dark

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by centrarchid, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have been having to some fun with some juvenile dominique crosses involving California greys and American games. The former are a bit shy on smarts and have proven problematic when come to getting them to stay with roost when it is moved. They simple want to go to original location while others will move with roost. Even when birds moved multiple times after dark, they keep returning to old spot next evening. I can get them to move by location by scaring them during moving process. Next night they move to new location but the dom x California grey still goes to wrong place. Birds also move to new location when flock member taken of roost by owl with victim screaming a lot before killed. The stress (preferably without owl or other baddy) might be management tool to promote birds moving to new location.
     
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would move too! Did you figure out how to prevent them from roosting on the top?
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  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Owl did it for me. Dog knocking birds off low roost and sniffing them roughly does same.
     
  4. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this the new roost? The taller one? How is scoobs reaching them?
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  5. centrarchid

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    Quote:No, new roost is on tomato trellis previously adjacent to a roost for one of my younger cohorts. I am attempting to consolidate roosts into one location to enable concentrating feces for composting.
     
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, okay. I thought I had missed something.
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  7. centrarchid

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    Quote:Omitted detail. Intended new roost is elevated and 40 feet away but tomato trellis in use by numb dumbs.
     

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