Roosting behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LD Jackson, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. LD Jackson

    LD Jackson Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    Roland, OK
    My chicks, if they can be called that still yet, range from 7-8 weeks to 5 weeks. For the most part, they are able to access the roost and even higher, to a portion of the metal roof that covers the nesting area. I have sat in the coop and watched them and they easily jump to and from the roost. However, when it comes night time, they still prefer to huddle together in a corner and seem to have no inclination to go to the roost to sleep. These are Black Australorp, Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, and Ameraucana. At what age should I expect them to use the roost for something besides a runway?
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Warmer means sooner.

    Momma's leadership means sooner.

    Elder flock mates going up means sooner for younger birds.

    Earliest mine go up when warm with mother is four weeks,

    No adults and low temperatures and going up for roosting can be delayed to 12 weeks or more.

    Breed effects may also be at play but I am not confident in how it works owing to limited experience with different breeds.
    My breeds American game and dominique.
  3. DaveK88

    DaveK88 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2011
    Killingly Ct.
    I just posted almost the same question here last week. and 2 days later when i put the girls in for the night they jumped up on the roost. They are 14 weeks old now.
  4. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    got a bunch of 10 wk. olds, and they still don't roost for sleep at night, though they use them off and on in the day. Eventually they will get it--let's hope, eh? [​IMG]
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Go in the coop at night & put them up on the roost. Once you get one to start roosting the others will follow.
  6. LD Jackson

    LD Jackson Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    Roland, OK
    I will try putting them on the roost tonight and see what happens.

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