Rooster won't roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mountain Bear, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Mountain Bear

    Mountain Bear In the Brooder

    May 26, 2012
    At what age do chickens begin to roost? I have 20 chickens (11 hens 9 roosters) about 16 weeks. They have shown no interest in roosting. I have built a ladder with the first step only 6 inches, second is a little more than a foot high, and two more with the top about 3 1/2 feet.
    Every night they gather in a corner to sleep but they show very little interest in roosting. Any advice?
  2. chickenreferee

    chickenreferee Chirping

    Jun 2, 2012
    Statesville, NC
    My cochins were whimps about roosting when they were young.

    Perhaps they feel more secure lumped together, especially if you haven't had them long. Have you tried adding a short roost closer to the ground for them to test out? Just a board on a couple bricks?

    I'm sure someone will come along with better advice, but hang in there. It just takes some chickens a little longer than others to get the idea, imo.
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    They will very likely start roosting soon. You could, if you wanted, go out after dark and put them up on the roost.
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Mine never "roosted". I gave up and built a 14" lined with linoleum shelf for the crew to pile up. It worked out fabulous! I put a heater underneath the roost on low and they kept nice and warm.

    We actually raised both shelves to the same height. I have an xl dog kennel with 3 new ones to integrate.

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