Sleeping in the Nesting Box?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickenbiceps, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Chickenbiceps

    Chickenbiceps Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2013
    My 4 chicks, 7-8 weeks old, are now finally out in the coop. I have roosts for them, two that are kitty-corner 1 foot off the ground and one that spans the width 2 feet off the ground. They don't seem to want to use them to sleep though. They keep huddling up in the nesting boxes when going to sleep at night. I've placed them on the roosts to let them now that hey look these things are here, but they just don't want to use them. Are they just too young to use them yet maybe? Or should I bar off the nesting boxes until they are of laying age? Oh and the temp here at night is in the upper 30's to mid 40's if that makes any difference. Any ideas? Thanks :)
  2. BorneHomestead

    BorneHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2013
    young chicks like that do not usually roost at night, so it will take time before they start using them. if you do not want them soiling the nesting boxes you could block them off until they get close to laying age.
  3. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    Yeah I agree mine were older than that too. They slept in the nest box till one night somebody decided they liked the roost and then one by one they followed over the next couple of days.

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