Shouldn't they be roosting by now?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PatinOxford, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. PatinOxford

    PatinOxford Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2014
    Four pullets, 13 weeks old, well-grown, very normal in all respects ... except they don't roost. They sleep in a heap in one corner of their coop, piled on top of each other. And it's NOT cold. 75 degrees at night. I don't recall this being an issue before. I raised four pullets last year in the same coop, they roosted ... well, pretty much as soon as I moved them into the coop from the brooder. Figured out the warm spot under the heat lamp and snuggled together under it (they still do snuggle together when they roost). These girls were sleeping all crowded into one nest box, so I put up a board over the boxes, thinking that would do the trick. But no. Any ideas, suggestions?
  2. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2016
    We had to place each of our pullets on the roost until they got the idea. Only took a few nights of doing this ... hope it works that way for you also.
  3. koolfunchicks

    koolfunchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 4, 2015
    I wouldn't worry too much about it. Give them time.
    Mine did the same thing. Eventually they figured it out and now everyone roosts.
  4. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I've never had a problem getting my chicks to roost not long after I moved them into their coop, that is, until now.

    Usually, I move my chicks into the coop around five weeks old, and after a few nights of placing them on the perch, they get the idea and that's it.

    I now have four eight-week old EEs, and these twerps are just "retarded". I've been diligently fishing them out of the tight little pile they form each night and placing them on their roosting perch. This has been going on for three solid weeks, and they are only now beginning to remain on the perch all night.

    Just keep placing yours on the perch, blocking off the nest boxes, and one day soon, yours and my chicks will surprise us and finally start acting like chickens with some sense.

    Gads. What we go through.
  5. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL

    Same here.
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Broody raised chicks are roosting as soon as they have wing feathers; three weeks or a little later. Incubated chicks take longer, they don't have mom to show them the way. I have the same experience as the above posters. Mary
  7. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    My hen is back in the coop at night roosting on the bar. Her five 9- week old chicks are still outside in the run under tjhe coop. I'll give them a few more weeks and then start putting them on the roost in the coop. One issue is they are scared of the dominant hen, and she " rules the roost "[​IMG]
  8. gator75

    gator75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2012
    Mine took over two weeks of me unpiling them and placing them in the roost to figure it out.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2016
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Is there a separate roost from the one the older birds are using?

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