To Roost or Not to Roost...that is the question...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Minky, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. Minky

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    So...
    My chicken coop is a barn. Its divided into the main barn area and then 2 coops. The one my flock is in, is the smaller coop (maybe 11x 16 or something..) and it has a roost that would be 11 feet (from side to side)..and then beside it is an empty coop that they use to roam in thru the winter-when there is too much snow to go out, they just hang in the whole barn, including all areas.

    A month ago, I got a rooster, and separated him in that larger area, putting a roost at the same height (looks like a continuous roost from the other coop.) He stayed there for almost a month, and now is with my flock- however, in the evenings, sometimes I find him roosting on his old side, and not with the ladies. I have done both - make him move and go into the coop, as well as just lock him in the large coop alone.

    Any ideas on why he is roosting there, alone? And should I leave him- or make him roost with the flock. I feel like I should make him roost with the flock, since soon I'll be using that side for my meat birds and a small pen of day old layers.

    In general, they accepted him without really batting an eyelash... he made whoopie right away with 3 or 4, and there were a couple of hens who did some chest bumping with him, and pecked at him when he tried to get fresh------but I think they were just playing hard to get. ;-) They all seem to adore him now...

    Why would he be separating himself like that? Should I have roosts at different levels?
    Much thanks
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    It is normal for a rooster to roost closer to the doorway, or in a position that he feels he can defend his hens if necessary, not all roosters do this but many do, so he could feel it's a more dependable position.

    Another option is he's just used to sleeping over there. Chickens do like a routine and most roost in the same spot every night.

    Leave him or move him, I don't think it matters.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I'd close off access to the other coop, 'forcing' him to roost with the flock and to break his habit of roosting there in his old 'home' place.
     
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  4. Minky

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    Yes, i think ill do that-and i think ill temporarily remove that roost in the other side (meat birds wont be able to fly up there anyhow LOL
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Just removing the roost should do the trick.
     
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