Tree sleepers

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stroud2009, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. stroud2009

    stroud2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have chickens who sleep in trees ? If so , show me what your nesting boxes look like .
     
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    Chickens roosting in trees will most likely be taken by predators fairly fast. That's why a safe night time coop is the best place for them. Mary
     
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    We have tried numerous times to get them to sleep in their coop and they always go right back to sleeping in the Apple trees . We have locked them in several times hoping they will learn that's where they sleep . We have tried bribeing them into the coop with treat , tried clipping their wings , put extra wiring up on top of the fence posts to keep them off the fence . You name it . This has been a three month battle with them .
     
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    Is it a problem with their coop? Too small, too short, poor ventilation? Did they have a scare while inside? Some breeds are more likely to want to 'live wild'. My first chickens roosted in my pole barn, and a nearby spruce. Many dead birds later, we transitioned the flock to a coop and run, with daytime free ranging. Much better! Mary
     
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    They have a nice large coop . They all use to sleep in their coop , then my two turkeys decided to start sleeping up on the roof of their coop followed by the trees and soon after the chickens followed their lead . During this time I was out of state on vacation and my husband didn't break the habit in time . We are in the process of building a run attached to the coop and putting a net over the top but my fear is they will continue to not want to sleep in the coop.
     
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    You will likely have to lock them in their coop and run for several weeks to reset the behavior. Also, if you live in a cold winter area, sleet and freezing rain will inspire them to behave! Mary
     

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