To Roost or Not to Roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by afviolettes, May 26, 2016.

  1. afviolettes

    afviolettes Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have 6 hens and a rooster, they've been in their new coop about a week. They will get on the roost (1 is 15 inches off the ground and ~8ft long, the other is 30 and 8ft long) but at night they tend to literally form a ball in the corner of the coop...

    I'm not "too" worried about it but I figured they'd rather be roosting... Anything I'm missing?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    My pullets did the same thing. Their first few weeks in the coop were spent on the floor 95% of the time. They were used to sleeping close to the floor thanks to their brooder arrangements and, when they moved to the coop with the large, high roosts, they didn't know what to do! So, I wouldn't worry too much. They'll get the hang of it. You might want to place them on the roost every evening to teach them that's where they are to sleep.

    Good luck!
     
  3. afviolettes

    afviolettes Out Of The Brooder

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    Mountain - thanks! That's what I figured! Thanks for the info (and reassurance)
     
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