Sleeping problems

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BarredCometLaced, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Northern NH
    Aren't Chickens supposed to sleep on roosts? We have 6 week old chicks that are refusing to sleep on the low roosts , and instead insist on sleeping in the nest box (for eggs). Is this a problem? How do i convince them to sleep on the roosts and that nest boxes are for egg laying? Is this just a phase [​IMG]
  2. Vtchicks

    Vtchicks In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    Rutland, VT
    Cover the access to the boxes just so they do not get into the habit of sleeping there. They will sleep on roost when they are ready, no worries.
  3. luvinmychickens

    luvinmychickens Songster

    Jun 15, 2011
    Everynight put them on the roost. If they hop off, just leave them. Just put them up there every night until they start going on their own.

    I hope this works for you! Mine didn't sleep on the roosts at first. We had to just put them on them every night.

    And block off the nesting boxes so they don't get into the habbit of sleeping there. (Thats what the post above says. Just forgot to write that.)
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2011
  4. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Your chicks are too young - they still have the instinct to huddle under momma.

    Just leave them be - by 6 months they should all be roosting on their own.
  5. BrokenRoadFarm

    BrokenRoadFarm Chirping

    Jun 10, 2011
    North Central NC
    Mine are 20 weeks and they still pile on top of each other in the corner at night - despite the heat! [​IMG] In the morning when I go to let them out, they are all on the roosts...I think they just like messing with me [​IMG]

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