Roosting behaviour

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Goozelle, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Goozelle

    Goozelle Hatching

    May 21, 2008
    I keep my new hens in a shed and have used a branch for a roost which is held off the ground by putting each end of the branch into a breeze block. The blocks are in each corner of the shed.

    My question is, why do the hens roost in the corners on the blocks instead of on the branch?

    I read another post that the roost shouldn't be near to the wall - why is that?
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    The huddle and roost where they feel safest. They won't roost in the dark out in the middle of the coop. They don't like to sleep in wide open spaces.
  3. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    I have a rack with sewing threads on my wall. I woke up to find my chick out of her box and she had somehow gotten up on the top row of the threads (about 6 feet off the ground, but with chair and table which she most likely used to get there) roosting against the wall.
  4. flock-mama

    flock-mama Songster

    May 30, 2008
    Bayfield colorado
    My first rooster and hen use to roost on a rake in the tool barrel until we fixed up the coop. lol. In the coop I have milk crates all tied together attatched to the wall, they just all snuggle up.

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