Rooster won't roost

Mountain Bear

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 26, 2012
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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?
 

chickenreferee

Chirping
7 Years
Jun 2, 2012
253
6
93
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.
 

Nicole01

Crowing
8 Years
Mar 28, 2011
5,492
95
268
MN
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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