Roosting in the tree?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrsmaonaigh, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. mrsmaonaigh

    mrsmaonaigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2010
    SE Georgia
    We have a large tree that has limbs hanging over part of the coop. Two of my girls have started roosting in the limbs. They can get down fine and I have no problems with them being up there. But once it starts to get cold will they move to the coop? I'd think it would be pretty chilly up there during the winter. (Winter in SE GA so no snow for us but cold enough for my blood!)
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    If they were my hens they would be locked up 24 hours a day in the coop until their little brains are re-programmed to sleep in the coop.
    Lots of predators also like to get in the trees at night - coons and possums are the two that come to mind right off.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have some GREAT trees my chickens roost in during the day, but the girls (and boys) always go back to the coop(s) at night. Sometimes they're napping up there, sometimes they're just sitting and looking around, often next to a buddy of theirs.

    I'd be concerned if they wanted to stay up there to roost AT NIGHT. Like Gritsar said, I'd lock 'em in the coop until they got the knowledge stamped into their little brains that COOPS are NIGHT SECURITY.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Your biggest problem will be if and when a great horned owl locates them. They are skilled at removing chickens from trees.

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