Featured They won't roost in the coop :(

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Smallfrey91, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Smallfrey91

    Smallfrey91 In the Brooder

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    Hey there! I have a bit of an issue I would love some advise on.

    I just got 4 pullets about a week ago. The first night I had them locked in the coop, then opened it up to their run the next day. Well, ever since - they refuse to roost in the coop at night. They just roost on a bar out in their run. I'm worried that when it comes time for them to lay, they won't go up into the coop to find the nesting boxes :/ They know how to use the ramp and go in - as sometimes I will sprinkle food up the rap and inside the coop to entice them in and it works.

    Should I just remove the roost outside and see if they go in? Or is that bad, since incase they don't go in their would be on the ground all night?

    I will post an image of my coop below.
     
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  2. Smallfrey91

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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Pictures will help a lot.
    Chickens prefer to roost as high up as possible, so they might just like it better outside. Is your coop small, short, and dark? That's a problem for them.
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    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    If you make the entire structure predator proof, it will work as a coop, and leave the door open to the 'coop' section. That solves the problem. These tiny 'dog house' coop are often not very chicken friendly, IMO.
    Mary
     
  5. DMH

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    I have 8 and they don't roost at night. Snuggle next to each other! I gave up trying to show them how to roost. Switched out size of roost, changed to branches, nothing worked. They are happy and healthy with good egg production.
     
  6. Smallfrey91

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    Awesome! Do they tend to go inside to lay at least?
     
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  7. DMH

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    Yes, no problems.
     
  8. HillBilly64

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    I have 2 that roost on the ground inside (tried relocating them to a roost at night, that messed up the 'roosting positions' and noone was happy, so they are back to roosting on the ground.

    But..I introduced 3 new girls who started roosting on the feeder in the outside bit of the coop - I hung netting around it so they couldn't use it and found they then went in and roosted with the rest of the birds)
     
  9. Hippiechickens76

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    Mine were the same way for a good while. I started physically going and moving them in there at dark. They would fuss if I put them in before dark. Now they go in there all the time. Even now that I let them free range for a few hours. It only took a week or so of doing that.
     
  10. rosemarythyme

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    They probably don't find the coop section very attractive - likely too small for 4 of them, the roosts are probably very low inside the enclosed unit, the ventilation is much better in the run section (which is a factor if it's starting to get hot at your location). For 4 pullets I would turn the entire structure into a coop, then add a roomy run or let them free range outside, whatever works for you.
     

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