Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Moonkssd, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Moonkssd

    Moonkssd Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2011
    Marietta, Pa
    Why do chickens roost? And If they are not given an area to roost what would happen?
  2. Chick Norris

    Chick Norris Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Chester County, PA
    Instinct for protection from predators. If they have no roosts, they can't roost. I don't think they will explode or anything...but if they are breeds that do want to roost, it may cause them stress if they can't.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2011
  3. FiveHens

    FiveHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    I think they just plain old prefer it as an instinctive, habitual thing to protect themselves against predators.. I have heard of breeds that do not like to roost, but most do.
  4. neVar

    neVar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Dundurn, Sask
    I believe if you don't provide roosts they will then sleep in the nest boxes as that's usually the highest point. which results in dirty boxes and dirty eggs
  5. laughing man

    laughing man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2010
    westfield mass
    TOTAL CHAOS !!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]

    just kiddin, messy nest boxes
  6. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Welsh, LA
    It just makes them feel more comfortable,Yea just natural instink to keep away from preditors. I would also put one roost long enough for all your birds to be at same hight and not more than one at differant levels, they may fight to fit on the top roost.
  7. Moonkssd

    Moonkssd Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2011
    Marietta, Pa
    Oh good I felt bad that I havent put one in for the little ones yet
  8. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    my hubby just made a little roost for our almost 2 weekers... he did 2 2x4 blocks (so it won't flip) and a dowel. Went out tonight and there were two one it. One was clearly trying to sleep and the other was using it's vantage point to peck the others as they would walk by.. will be interesting to see if they all take up the habit at this young age or if it's just a fluke that, that one is on the roost.
  9. Mugs

    Mugs Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2012
    I was wondering about this. I have 2 girls. One has always slept on the roost and the other in a nest box. The roosting girl is the boss hen.

    I was coming here to find out if there's any reason that they should roost. I guess the answer is to keep the next box clean. But I can't see that she's soiling it.

    I am thinking that getting them both to roost next to each other would be good in the winter so they can keep each other warm. If I leave the lid open on the next boxes when they go in for the evening then the other one does roost. But so far if I don't then she's in the next box.
  10. ChiksNCharge

    ChiksNCharge New Egg

    Jun 27, 2012
    So can chickens get "stuck" on a roost? I put a roosting ladder in my chicken pen that has two levels offset from each other. The bottom roost is about 18 inches off the ground, the higher roost is about 4 ft. up. My hens are 5 months old and seem to have no trouble getting up to the higher roost - but then they seem to be stuck. They have actually spent the night outside of their house the last few nights. I took them off the roost yesterday and they ran to their food and ate like crazy - an then got back on the roost again. They were still there this morning?????

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