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Sleeping on the roost

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mamahenAtlanta, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. mamahenAtlanta

    mamahenAtlanta Out Of The Brooder

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    Out of the brooder and in the coop for two nites now (4.5 weeks old). Not sure about the first night, but the second night they slept all together on their roost--which is about 3 feet high. Of course, it is 6 feet long and they only used 1 foot of space (six of them smooshed together). I know this because I hung a night light for them (obviously not necessary--they were already up on the roost sleeping when I put the light in!) I assumed they would sleep huddled on the floor for a while. They are so mature. LOL [​IMG] Their first venture into the coop they immediately went onto the roost. I was so surprised!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That's pretty good! LOL I've raised so many chicks and they usually cluster on the coop floor in a corner for a few weeks.
     
  3. mamahenAtlanta

    mamahenAtlanta Out Of The Brooder

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    AND.... last night I was prepared to go sit in my chair to wait them out.... to see if they'd go into the coop on their own for the night (which I doubted). Right now they are in the coop all day/nite with just an hour or 2 of 'play time' in the run when I get home from work. I turned on the coop 'night light' and they all rushed in and got in line on their little ladder and up to the roost they went! All settled in for sleep all by their big girl selves! I was SO proud. Do they even need any kind of light inside the coop for night? Someone told me that if they fell off the roost they might have trouble getting back up if it's pitch black dark. True? My six are just 5 weeks old.
     
  4. kittydoc

    kittydoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's awesome that they are roosting right away. I have some that it seems to take forever and multiple "forcible" positionings on the perches to give them a clue. It's not good for them to lay in the poo night after night.

    Anyway, I don't think you need the light. If it's a white light, it will disturb their day/night cycle, and you don't want that. Try it without the light at all and check on them well after dark with a flashlight. I suspect they will be fine.

    They rarely fall. When they sleep, their toes pretty much lock on to the perch. If they get knocked off by another bird, they usually get back up. Their dark vision is poor, but they know from experience where the perch is.

    Good luck to you!
     

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