Roosting in the wrong spot

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lizzy28, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Lizzy28

    Lizzy28 Out Of The Brooder

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    In the coop there is a bunny hutch right now theres not a bunny in there but my chickens are roosting on the woodbeams under the hutch instead of the roost that they are suppose to be on. Ive been moving them on to the roost whenever i see them under there but every morning they are under there. Is there a way to get them to roost in the right spot?
     
  2. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd either take the hutch out or block the underneath area with mesh or something [​IMG]
     
  3. Jajika

    Jajika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does it really matter? Unless the hutch is a danger to them, let them roost wherever they want.
     
  4. Lizzy28

    Lizzy28 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well there will probably be bunnys in there soon and i dont think the bunnys would like having chickens right under them all the time [​IMG] Also they go on top of them and get their droppings in the hutches.
     
  5. dantodd

    dantodd Out Of The Brooder

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    Put a top on the rabbit hutch to protect the eventual rabbits from chicken droppings. The chickens will evacuate the bottom of the rabbit hutch when the rabbit droppings start landing on their heads.
     
  6. Lizzy28

    Lizzy28 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thats kinda funny to imagine [​IMG]
     
  7. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    I guess they kinda like to pick their own spot, but if you feel it's going to be a problem, I'd fence the hutch off with some mesh, like mrslb333 said!
     
  8. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are the roosts too high? or are they just lazy?

    We had a bit of a roosting issue and instead of picking them up off the unwanted roost and placing them on the wanted roost, knock them off the unwanted roost. They will quickly learn not to use that as a roost.

    You can also get a pvc pipe that is big enough to fit around the roost cut in half and tape it back together over the unwanted roost. Kinda like log rolling in the river. It will be fun to watch too!!
     
  9. Chickenmumma

    Chickenmumma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine like to sleep in the little box thing that they're meant to lay their eggs in. Does anyone know if that's a problem? There's a roost there for them but I think I might have spoilt them as babies and now they like a nice soft bed to sleep in. Hmmm.
     

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