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Too young for the roost bar?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by galaxyflyer1, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. galaxyflyer1

    galaxyflyer1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all,

    The chicks in the picture are about 4 weeks old. Mom is taking them up towards the roost bar. In my hen house, I have a 6"wide plank that sits in front of the roast bar. That is where mom is taking them to sleep. I'm worried that they may fall off the plank in the middle of the night. So I'm always putting them back down to the nest.

    What do you think?

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  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Nope, as young as a week or two old they can figure out the roost bar and sleep soundly there for the night. They feel safer up high. Let them be, they won't fall unless there is a shoving war between the chicks (happens usually when they first start to roost in the evening and are squabbling for the best spots).
     
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Speaking of roost bars, I have 4 week old chicks who are in a kennel in my coop. Do you think I should put a small branch in there for them to roost on? My two older chickens don't use the roost area, they sleep on the ground in front of the window.
     
  4. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Couldn't hurt. Even when my chicks were days old and I had them in the brooder, I added some branches and 4x4 bar pieces for them to hop on. They preferred sleeping on the branches and bars than on the ground once they were able to hop up. They get nimble quickly, and would often use the perches as launching pads for 'flying lessons' i.e. flapping their tiny wings!
     
  5. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    My four-week-old chicks were on the roost bar with Mama hen - was a complete surprise to me. They'll be fine. When they're raised by a broody they do everything sooner!
     
  6. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Couldn't hurt. Even when my chicks were days old and I had them in the brooder, I added some branches and 4x4 bar pieces for them to hop on. They preferred sleeping on the branches and bars than on the ground once they were able to hop up. They get nimble quickly, and would often use the perches as launching pads for 'flying lessons' i.e. flapping their tiny wings!

    Thanks so much, tomorrow I'll be looking for a few little branches for them. [​IMG] They like hanging out on my arms and fingers right now.
     
  7. English Hen

    English Hen Out Of The Brooder

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    Trying to learn about "babes" due to have first hatchlings next week. Mum is brooding them up in the top of the coop,6 inch wide ramp up. about 3 feetlong. Any advice would be good I am presuming Ma will know what to do. Other than chick food & some low branches. Worried they may not be able to get up & down. Also about thr reaction of the other 2 hens. Broody Ma is a Dorking & much smaller than the Wyandotte & Polish who share the coop. thanks in anticipation....
     
  8. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:my husband made a little roost for the chicks to use when they were young and it fit right into the dog crate they were using.
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  9. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's adorable. Such cuties.
     
  10. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We made little bitty roosts out of tree branches in the brooder then made them some out of deck dowels on 2x6 bases which they use currently. Keep meaning to pickup another 2x4 for their permanet roosts just haven't gotten around to it . But they are only 7 weeks so the bigger roosts can wait a little while. They are so cute in the windows on their current roosts.
     

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