Tree sleeping

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ZORRO3061, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. ZORRO3061

    ZORRO3061 Out Of The Brooder

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    I do not know how frequent this is:

    As in any normal hatch, I had an excess of roos, so I gave one of my 5 months old Light Sussex roo to a friend. His flock sleeps on the trees. My bonny lad immediately learnt this ancient habit.

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    Anybody else having tree sleeping flock?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    If they are able and if they get used to it, chickens will tree roost. Your avatar shows why that's not a good idea. Raccoons, owls, etc. make light work of chickens in trees after dark. I clip the flight feathers on my high flyers so they use their coop and not the trees.
     
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  3. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Lots of chickens do it. As mentioned by @redsoxs it is a very bad ideal.

    It may take effort, but training them to sleep IN the coop is recommended

    That is a nice pic! [​IMG]
     
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  4. ZORRO3061

    ZORRO3061 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine all sleep in the coop but my friend prefers this "very" free range [​IMG]
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have done it many times of the years. I feel comfortable doing such is area below patrolled by dogs and chickens are too heavy to fly with by Great-horned Owls. If younger chickens involved it is also OK if they can bail out of tree into heavy cover ground with dogs also present. I also take into account Owl traffic, when juvenile Great-horned Owls out this time of year through November I pen chickens up.


    There is some complexity to this. For decades my grandparents had free-ranging games that roosted in Catalpa Trees year round and did not suffer losses as dogs prevent all predators from coming in. Same location that is not longer possible because not dogs.
     
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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    When I free ranged, I had a trio sleep in a tree for over a year. We don't have a very severe climate here, but did have some terrific wind storms. I always pictured the birds being blown out of the tree and go hurtling around like in a tornado movie, but they never did.

    It's way more natural for birds to roost in trees, the higher the better. It just depends on your predator load and loss tolerance.
     
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  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Winds higher that 60 mph can knock chickens down. I have seen such. Branch moving about too much exhausts chickens. A monkey would have a hard time under those conditions. Nice thing about extreme weather events is they often have predators holed up during them as well. Some predators do come out later to look at those exposed on ground.
     
  8. ZORRO3061

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    yea ! dogs will make the area safe. I just need a dog that doesn´t run after the hens.
     
  9. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Well, he probably does spend less time cleaning the coop. [​IMG]

    It's OK for people to do things differently. Just because I don't prefer it doesn't mean it won't work for someone else.

    And we all have to do what we think is right for us so that we can enjoy our hobbies. [​IMG]
     
  10. bobbi-j

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    I had a tree-sleeping flock once... until they were all beheaded by the GHOs that lived in our grove...
     

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