roosting - what should I do ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dee Dee 2, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Dee Dee 2

    Dee Dee 2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 12 chicks in a pen. Two roost 14 " off ground, 2x4 's layed flat. 6 J.G.'s, 3 R.I.R. , 3 Buff. Hatched END OF APRIL. They are STILL bunching in a pile in a corner at night. Have tried picking them up and putting on perch. It is comedy hour. Put 2 up one jumps down. Usually on top of the pile. Put one on roost 2 jump down. HELP ! I think I have roost dificit chickens.
     
  2. Shabana

    Shabana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Lol I,m doing something similar at the moment but I,ve found the later I go into the coop - once they are pretty much asleep and it's getting pretty much dark, the higher my success rate. Its a battle of wills, hang in there ! :D
     
  3. Timskins

    Timskins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? If they are bunching together at night still could they be cold?
     
  4. iheartnh

    iheartnh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did the same thing - they would all crowd together just inside the door of the coop, so that when I would go out at night to close their hatch, they would fall out. I made it impossible for them the lie there - used scrap wood and some bricks we had, placed at odd angles so they couldn't get a foot hold or comfortable in that spot. They took care of the rest themselves - when I went out that first night, they were all on the roost.
     
  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My group that hatched 3-1 just graduated to the perch at night so not uncommon for them to still be sleeping in a pile on the ground at 4 months.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Why worry about it? It's like toilet training a toddler, they'll roost when they're ready. It's not a problem to sleep on the ground.
     

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