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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickens12, Feb 25, 2013.
would it hurt to to put a roosting board in there brooder too get them used to staying up?
I put a 1 x 2 sideways just a few inches from the bottom of the brooder. What I mean is the flat side up. They are 2 weeks old and already roosting. At first they just hung their heads down and slept. It looked really uncomfortable but now they are turning their heads back over their body to sleep.
It won't hurt in the least and the chicks will enjoy playing on it and practicing roost behavior.
Just don't be surprised if they go into the coop and forget all that practice... It's a stage they go through around 10 to 16 weeks. Your mileage may vary,
Chickens are creatures of habit and don't like changes. A new coop is not the same as a brooder so they will have to learn that roost is as safe as the one they know in their brooder. (It will also start the pecking order process again, by the way. Each new location and any addition or subtraction of flock members will trigger the process.)
I usually provide a roosting spot in the brooder for my chicks.