weird sleeping spot

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by charlielynnsingletary, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. charlielynnsingletary

    charlielynnsingletary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    pearl river,la
    my hens won't go to the hen house to sleep. i've put a what i thought was a nice roosting spot and nothing. they rather pile up on each other outside in the run in the corner. is this normal or do i have weird hens. now i 've only had them since the weekend could that have something to do with. sorry i have posted on so many topics but i very new to chickens.
  2. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    Sometimes you have to show the girls where the nice roost is. When we first put our pullets into their new coop I'd go out at dusk, when they'd gotten pretty sleepy, and pick them up and put them on the roost. At first they'd jump off but I'd just put them right back on, and after a few tries they settled down. By the second or third night they'd figured it out and were going there on their own. Goodnight chickens!
  3. montcapu

    montcapu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2008
    laingsburg, MI
    just keep putting them back in the coop, they will learn where they need to go, since they are new just work on them
  4. charlielynnsingletary

    charlielynnsingletary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    pearl river,la
    thanks i'll try that tomorrow.
  5. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    Tonight I saw, for the first time, my hens all roosting together. I was really worried because they were all snuggling in a single nesting box for the past 3 weeks (that is when I got them..they are from 8-12 weeks now). I didn't know what to do, but tonight, they finally are doing their proper chicken roosting. It was adorable to see and also a huge relief. I didn't want to deal with "roosting intervention". I'm sure your babies will figure it out in time. It's instinctive. If you have great roosting options, then they will find them in their own time. Keep the faith!!!! Montcapu and Fargosmom have great advice.
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I would shut them in the coop for 2/3 days and let them get used to it then let them out. I did it with some of my birds, Now they all go in the coop in the eve like clockwork. Also I bribed them somewhat by giving them some scratch grain treats in the coop every eve.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2009
  7. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    i agree with everyone on the "put 'em back in" advice. it's a little extra work but only for a few days [​IMG]
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:Yup... AND is there good ventilation in the coop?

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