should i remove the roost in the run when the weather is freezing?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NYcue, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. NYcue

    NYcue Chirping

    Apr 3, 2012
    I have an enclosed secured run with a roost. I also have a roost in the coop house. The temperature where i live has begun to drop to below 32 degrees at night but my 4 barred rocks still prefer to sleep in the roost outside. Should i remove the roost in the run to force them to sleep in the coop? For the last 2 years... i did that and they do go in the coop house but i was wondering if it's necessary. Thank you
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    Is your run completely predator proof? Skirt around the bottom? Closed in around all 4 sides with hardware cloth and not chicken wire? Hardware cloth screwed securely, not stapled? If all of these answers are yes, I'd let them sleep where they want. If not, I'd put them in at night, or take down the roost to force them in at night... then close the coop door every night to keep them safe from predators.
  3. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Songster

    Nov 4, 2013
    Central Texas
    I would remove it for the winter.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Wonders, as usual, why they prefer sleeping outside?

    Do you have plenty of space in coop with plenty of comfortable roosting length?

    Are there any pests in the coop/roost mites maybe?
    Check the roosts well after dark by wiping a damp white paper towel across the underside of the roost, smears of red on towel may indicate a northern fowl mite population that is feeding off your choks at night
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2014
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Being a predator proof run definitely plays a role, sometimes birds just like being outside, they don't understand if their are predator concerns. I think basing on whether the run is safe and/or your desire to move them will decide on what to do with the roost.
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I had a trio that spent 2 winters in a tree about 20 feet above the coop. Horrible wind, rain, snow, sub freezing weather, they did just fine. But if you're concerned and want them to sleep in the coop, simply remove the roost. They'll likely adjust to sleeping inside soon and you can replace the roost for use during the day.
  7. NYcue

    NYcue Chirping

    Apr 3, 2012
    Thanks guys for the reply... the coop/run is completely secure. I have many predators around and they have tried and failed to get to the girls. I think this year I might let them choose for themselves. Also... the coop is plenty big for them and I double checked for any issues like mites and such... they just seem to prefer to be outside. They are barred rocks so they are hardy birds as well... we'll see. Thanks again for all the replies and suggestions!
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2014

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