Roost within a doghouse??? Help!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Cindyt63, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Cindyt63

    Cindyt63 New Egg

    Nov 29, 2012
    I have four happy laying hens. I also have a 4-month old pullet. She's too big for a kennel now, but the older ladies won't accept her yet. We got a 6x6 foot chain link pen for the young one (Sunny) and put it right up against the other run, so they can safely acclimate and get accquainted. I was able to get a large insulated dog house to keep Sunny warm in her pen, BUT I don't know what to do about her roost! Any suggestions would be helpful!

    The dog kennel she's in is about 3 feet tall, and her current roost is aobut 18" off the floor, and she's very happy on it. I'll be elevating the dog house, with a ladder/plank up to it, but I'm wondering if she'll still use the roost if it's in the secluded part of the dog house.

    Any thoughts? Experience? Having a single chicken in winter is hard!
  2. 12chickenlover3

    12chickenlover3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    You dont have to have a rooster for pullets. Or even adult chickens!! I dont use i them.
  3. Cindyt63

    Cindyt63 New Egg

    Nov 29, 2012
    Thank you! I went ahead and put the roosting bar in the doghouse, and Sunny does like it. At night, though, she's not going in her doghouse/coop without assistance. She wants to fly up on TOP of her coop and roost there (her coop is inside a chainlink enclosure with a roof -- chain link plus tarp).

    I worry about her getting cold. Is that silly? I wonder if she's scared to go in the coop because it's pitch black in there... Will she have sense enough to go in there if she's cold, even though it's dark in there?

    Thank you!
  4. emrys

    emrys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2009
    You might try putting one hen in the pen with Sunny. One on one they could adjust to one another. Then in a month or two when you combine flocks Sunny won't be a lone newby. At night when you go out to shut the dog house, just catch your roof roosting pullet and put her inside.
  5. Cindyt63

    Cindyt63 New Egg

    Nov 29, 2012
    That is a great idea -- thank you! Sunny and the biggest hen (Velma, of course...!) spar through the fence, but when Velma does that one of the smaller chickens pecks on Velma's head. She (Red) might be a good candidate to go in with Sunny.


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  6. Brookliner

    Brookliner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2012
    Southern New Hampshire
    Oops replied to the wrong thread.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2013

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