Sleeping in a tree

deanr39

In the Brooder
Jan 17, 2017
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Anyone else have a chicken that suddenly decided she didn't want to sleep in her coop she wants to sleep in a tree?
 

Silkie fluff butts

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Jun 15, 2021
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Anyone else have a chicken that suddenly decided she didn't want to sleep in her coop she wants to sleep in a tree?
Check to make sure there isn't a reason, such as crowing, bullying, etc. Bust some just like trees better! We had this happen last year. 3 older hens just suddenly decided the tree was where they wanted the. We would pull them out of the tree and put them in the coop night after night. Until I got tired of it, trimmed their wings and cut the lowest limbs off the tree!😂
 

Silkie fluff butts

In the Brooder
Jun 15, 2021
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79
44
Check to make sure there isn't a reason, such as crowing, bullying, etc. Bust some just like trees better! We had this happen last year. 3 older hens just suddenly decided the tree was where they wanted the. We would pull them out of the tree and put them in the coop night after night. Until I got tired of it, trimmed their wings and cut the lowest limbs off the tree!😂
Sorry about those typos! I meant to say "crowding" not crowing and "the tree was where they wanted to be!"
 

Meghankohl

In the Brooder
Jul 31, 2020
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Anyone else have a chicken that suddenly decided she didn't want to sleep in her coop she wants to sleep in a tree?
I have 2 that sleep in a tree they started when something attacked them in their coop. Now that’s their routine. They are both olive egger the rest of the chicken go in the coop every night.
 

springvalley123

Crowing
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May 22, 2015
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I agree with the great advice above: something happened that made this bird not feel safe in the usual roost. Predator scare, infestation (could start with one bird more affected), bullying (especially if some or all have recently or are currently approaching point of lay. Not much is said about this last possibility, but it happened to my flock once--a seemingly perfect integration reversed itself because the older hens couldn't tolerate the invaders' starting to sing the egg song.
 
Nov 11, 2020
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I have 2 that sleep in a tree they started when something attacked them in their coop. Now that’s their routine. They are both olive egger the rest of the chicken go in the coop every night.
Coops can be death traps if they aren't secure.If you've upgraded the coop and made it safe you'll have to retrain them to roost inside.They will be killed sleeping in trees outdoors.
 
Nov 11, 2020
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I agree with the great advice above: something happened that made this bird not feel safe in the usual roost. Predator scare, infestation (could start with one bird more affected), bullying (especially if some or all have recently or are currently approaching point of lay. Not much is said about this last possibility, but it happened to my flock once--a seemingly perfect integration reversed itself because the older hens couldn't tolerate the invaders' starting to sing the egg song.
I recommend re-homing them if the coop is secure but they're still afraid to use it my (reply was intended for op sorry!)
 

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