Roosting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by roostercluck, May 27, 2012.

  1. roostercluck

    roostercluck Chirping

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    How do you train chickens to roost at night? I've been having to put them up there myself. How can I make them go up there without me having to do it?
     
  2. jallny

    jallny Songster

    May 26, 2012
    how old are they?
    depending on age they will learn themselves. you dont need to put them there, in fact young chicks prefer to sleep on the ground in a huddle,as if in a mommy's nest. let them learn themselves. they will use it when they are older. its good if they balance on it in the day though!

    any questions just send a pm!
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2012
  3. roostercluck

    roostercluck Chirping

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    They are 9 weeks old now and I have noticed them on it during the day, so thats good. Thank You.
     
  4. jallny

    jallny Songster

    May 26, 2012
    9 weeks is about when my chicks learned (they are now 14) they need to learn to balance during the day so they can sleep on it at night. even now some of mine loose their balance. depending on the breed and the chick they will learn at different times![​IMG]
     
  5. Alphabetcoop

    Alphabetcoop In the Brooder

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    My new chicks are 7 weeks old and have been roosting for at least 2 weeks now. They do however still like to lay on the ground or floor quite a bit. When they were younger I put a stick across a corner of a box so that they could start thinking about balancing. Worked great. They will get it eventually. Make sure it isn't too high for them to jump to.
     

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