Roosting chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by david hunter, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. david hunter

    david hunter New Egg

    Aug 24, 2012
    western pennsylvania
    Chickens will not go up on the roost at night. They pile into a nesting box all 16 Is this normal?
  2. chickencraz

    chickencraz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2015
    Washington State
    Yes. My first 6 shoved themselves into a tiny nesting box. We later combined it with another and they kept sleeping there.
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    How old are they? Young chicks will not roost. Most birds begin to roost at 10-12 weeks. I would recommend blocking off the nesting boxes until they are older, since they can easily learn the bad habit of roosting in nesting boxes, resulting in yucky eggs when they do begin to lay.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You want to break them of that - nobody likes poopy eggs - ugh.
  5. ashbypad

    ashbypad New Egg

    Mar 30, 2016
    For 2 weeks we went out at dusk and put all the chicks up into the roosting box - after 2 weeks we went out at dusk and they had all gone to bed themselves! It takes a little patience but once they go to bed by themselves you'll never find them anywhere else when it gets dark :)

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