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Roosting perches

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Who922, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Who922

    Who922 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was looking at the brooder thread and there were pictures with sticks, etc for roosting. When do they need or use roosting areas? Mine are just a week old.
     
  2. Batty about Banties

    Batty about Banties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can put one in whenever you want. They may not "roost" on it though. They will jump on it. I have a platform in my brooder that they like to sleep on so hopefully they will get used to sleeping off the ground so easier transition to a roost. I have a group of 12 week olds that aren't even roosting yet! Good luck.
     
  3. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine started roosting pretty early. It's not necessary but they do love to have them in there!
     
  4. Who922

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    My light is 18 inches off the floor, so I would have to put it where it wasn't directly under the light. maybe I will try a couple of branches and see how they like them.
     
  5. Batty about Banties

    Batty about Banties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will probably love them!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Katydid2011

    Katydid2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We simply lay down logs that are 5-6" in diameter and change them out for bigger logs as the chicks get older, until they graduate to a roost around 8-10 weeks or so. Chicks like to huddle together when they're small but they can develop balance and coordination and a habit of getting up off the ground by jumping up on logs and huddling together.
     
  7. mallorysinclair

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    I put a thick stick in as a roost when my youngest chicks were about a week and a half old. They're 3 and a half weeks old now and all of them roost on it. and jump on it, pull at it, play with it. They like it a lot.
     
  8. JerseyHen

    JerseyHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This week several of my 3 week olds started flying onto my arms when I was in doing chores and just plopped down on my and roosted. I figured they wanted a roost in the brooder. I built one with two levels (our brooder is about 30 inches tall). They immediately started roosting. Up to this point we have just had a 2x2 in the bedding for them to sit on. The are already fighting over the best spot. Silly birds.
     
  9. ReadyRen

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    I'm thinking of using a branch I recently cut off a tree as well. I've read that using wider roost such as a 2x4 can keep their feet warmer, good in the cold, but here in Arizona probably a bad idea. My girls are only 7 weeks or so and love to perch on my hands when I pick them up and get vocal when I put them down.
     
  10. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a lilac branch and a little roost made of 1/4 round molding and a couple of scrape wood squares. they've hopped on both so far, but haven't officially roosted. The cochin likes to run over them.
    They're about 2.5-3wks old now.
     

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