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Silkie won't roost, anything I can do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ColoBecky, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. ColoBecky

    ColoBecky Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a flock of 8 banties, nearly a year old. One of the silkies won't go up on the roost at night, and always wants to sleep in the nest boxes. The poor girl is a little out of it compared to the others (always gets lost from the flock in the yard, doesn't know to run when a hawk flies over, etc.). She's also definitely at the bottom of the pecking order.

    Any ideas for encouraging her to roost, or should I just accept that's she's kinda clueless and slow?

    Or ideas for keeping her out of the nests at night?
     
  2. chickenkeeper12

    chickenkeeper12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How high are the roosts compared to the nesting boxes. What I have experienced with silkies is that they can't get on something over 18-20 inches high. So I put some bricks on the ground and they love those. Also when you said she's a little out of it, does she get pecked a lot. If she does get pecked a lot she might like to stay away because she doesn't like it. Just some thoughts/ ideas.
     
  3. ColoBecky

    ColoBecky Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your reply. She does get pecked a little, so maybe she just avoids the mean girls.
     
  4. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a huge white rock rooster that 2 weeks ago stopped roosting. He sleeps in a dog crate stuffed with hay on the floor now. He's always roosted, but just quit. He also looks really dirty, but doesnt appear sick. He goes hit the ground like a rock coming off the roost... He's still the rooster in charge though, so I don't know what the deal is. He's pretty old though
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Silkies don't usually like roosts or ramps. The occasional silkie will get up on a roost (short roost) but they prefer to huddle on the floor in a pile in shavings.

    You can put a covered kitty litter pan in there with a little brick in front of it to encourage her to go in...maybe she'd sleep in there. Or a box.
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2013
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If his feathers aren't looking good check for mites/lice.
     
  7. Groo

    Groo Out Of The Brooder

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    My two black bantam silkies go up onto the 4 foot high 2x4 roost with the other banties at night, but Heather, the white bantie silkie, stays on the lower roost all by herself (I have a ramp up to the lower roost just for her). She's kind of a clutz but so adorable and funny. I just worry that she will be very cold in our Maine winter, roosting all by herself. Should I make a special box for her? They are all 22 weeks old. Any suggestions?
     
  8. jayke563

    jayke563 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the exact same thing happens to my silkies they bunch up in the nesting boxes to sleep
     

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