Roosts?? Do I have to show my chickens where the roost is?


In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 20, 2010
I have 17 chickens. I have about 15 feet of Roost at different levels. The roosts are only about 1 1/2" wide. Only about 3 chickens will get up on the roosts. I have a nice poop board and everything under them. The chickens like to roost on the poop board or on the nesting boxes. I don't like them roosting in or on the nesting boxes because they make such a mess. My chickens are almost 8 weeks old. Any suggestions or do they just need to get bigger? Are my roosts too thin? They have a great ladder that goes up to them and I have seen several use it. Just looking for some ideas!! Thanks


Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
My sixteen week old pullets still sleep together in a pile. They like to go get on the roosts and hang out there for a time during the day, but they're not into sleeping there at all.

I think it's a grown up chicken thing. At least in MY experience.... I don't remember when my grown up chickens started roosting on bars at night. Sorry!


10 Years
Nov 30, 2009
Makes me feel better at least. Mine are sixteen weeks too and doing the same thing - sleeping in pile together. I have a roost that they all tried to sleep on the third night they were in their new run/hen house area. But it was outside in their run and I didn't want them to get in habit of sleeping outside, so I put everyone in the hen house, where there was a roost even higher than the outside one - nobody uses it. Silly chickens! Loveable, but silly.

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