Roosting height for orpingtons

ColtHandorf

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That was my assumption. How old are they if they are still sleeping in piles on the floor? I have one adult Silver-laced Orpington hen that prefers to be in her nest box on the ground for sleeping. But all the rest perch. Sometimes the new additions take a couple of days to figure it out at bed time, especially if they aren't used to roosting.
 

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I assume they are quite young.

Almost 6 months
Tonight I showed them that they can sleep up on the roost.
So maybe they might learn from this?

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ColtHandorf

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Tonight I showed them that they can sleep up on the roost.
So maybe they might learn from this?

Yes, I have noticed my English Orpingtons are more than content to sleep in a pile on the floor until I teach them to go to bed on the roosts. This usually involves a week of me assisting until most of them figure it out. Once the majority of the birds in that age group figure it out the rest will follow. Adults roosting doesn't seem to result in them getting up there on their own.

The silkie won't be able to get on as high of roost as the real chickens

That made me laugh. My goofy one can't use a ladder with rungs, it has to be a solid ramp.
 

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