using one roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Newchickey, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. Newchickey

    Newchickey Chirping

    Mar 27, 2014
    I have 20 - 11 week olds, I have two roost in the coop at the same height. They are all cramming in on the back roost and they are so squished together, as they get bigger it will of course only get worse. Should I go out after dark and move some forward hoping they will get the hang of it, or leave them be and once there is not enough room there will be no choice but to go to the forward roost?
  2. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Songster

    Jul 13, 2013
    SW Kansas
    I think they will work it out on their own. It won't hurt them to scrunch together!
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I agree--they will eventually spread out. When they are young, they are very insecure and will tend to sleep close together. It's good that your roost are all the same height since they all will want to be up high.
  4. aonya

    aonya Hatching

    Sep 20, 2014
    I have 5 hens right at 20 weeks old, they were all raised together, I also have 2 roost but they all crammed together until they got so big, now the two lower in the pecking order are together on the other roost. also have 5 nesting boxes, but they will wait in line and all lay in the same nesting box.

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