To roost or not to roost - benefits for egglaying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Duchypoo, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Duchypoo

    Duchypoo Out Of The Brooder

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    I put my chickens in a hutch at night with two ducks so they don't have any kind of roost,
    they roost in the day sometimes when they have an afternoon nap as in their daytime run
    there are several perches.

    I just wondered if they need to roost at night and if them not roosting will affect their egg laying?

    Thanks
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are more content to roost to sleep. Not roosting shouldn't effect the egg laying. Can you put a perch in the hutch for them?
     
  3. mickey328

    mickey328 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's important for chickens to have different surfaces for their feet. To keep their toes strong and pliable, they need to be able to grip for at least a few hours during the day. As Den said...a perch of some sort in the hutch would be helpful for them...doesn't have to be really high, but should be at least 1" in diameter so they can grip as well as walk on the ground.
     
  4. Duchypoo

    Duchypoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your help, thats interesting about their toes.
     

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