Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wally, May 22, 2007.

  1. Wally

    Wally In the Brooder

    May 11, 2007
    Texas Hill Country
    I,m new to this forum so please bear with me.
    I have a new flock of various chickens that are now about 8 wks old. They are not using thier roost at night when they sleep. They sleep in a huddle on the floor of the coop. All the chickens I've had in the past would be using thier roosts long before now. Any ideas about what's happening and what I might can do about it, if anything?
  2. sgray136

    sgray136 Songster

    May 11, 2007
    Huntertown, Indiana
    I have read that if you place them on a roost at night after they have settled in for the night then they will get the idea. All of my chicks are now roosting with the exception of my female Silky who I doubt has the smarts to do anything except eat. LOL:)
  3. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    Mine are the same age and not one will go use the roost. They huddle in a big pile in the corner...[​IMG]
    If I go in after dark and put them on the roosts, they just jump right back down and pile up. Very frustrating.
    During the day, they will be all over the roosts but not at night.

  4. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Villa Grove

    I have the same problem and mine about 4 1/2 months old at least. I just leave them I am hopig they will get the hang of it from the older pullets.
  5. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    They'll get the hang of it one day. Mine slept in a pile in the corner for the longest time. Then when they were about 9 weeks, a few of the girls started sleeping on the roost. Then we sent the cockerels to their new home, and Bing! all the girls hopped up on the roosts and went to sleep that same night [​IMG]

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