what age for roost in brooder* update pg 2,that did not go well, help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CathyB, May 28, 2008.

  1. CathyB

    CathyB Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    So I have read that heavy breeds wait until they are 6 weeks for a roost. I have BR, RIR, and EE'ers. Well they are two weeks and I think they need something! Every day someone is sitting on top of the waterer, roosting on my feeder, pooping in there! Does thins not mean maybe a roost should be introduced to these little girls??[​IMG]
    Last edited: May 28, 2008
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I put a roost in the same day I got the chicks .. they were one day old. Within one week a couple of them would jump up onto the roost (it was about three inches off the floor).

    I added another, higher roost when they were two weeks old and they started using it within two days.

    So - add the roost ...
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  3. Shaun Hagan

    Shaun Hagan In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2008
    Northern NH
    Ditto- Mine had several sticks to choose from and are using them after about two weeks. They also roost (and nap) on the top lip of the brooder when we take the cover off.
  4. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Yep, go ahead and put one in. They will love it! It's so cute to see tiny bird's roost.

    Last yr we had RIR, SLW, & EE. Our babies this yr are EE, BO, & Blue Ameraucanas.

    I have one little EE that just has to come visit me as soon as I lift the brooder lid off. She hops right up to say hello. A few of them love to roost on the edge of the brooder when the lid is off, but we also have roost in there for them to.
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Oh yeah, give them a roost!
    I put some limbs from trees in with my chicks when they were 4 days old. At 1 week they are trying to perch. Different breeds like the perches. My Jersey Giants aren't perching and I have 3 different size limbs in there. But the first to use the perches were my Barred and Partridge Rocks. Sometimes they just use them as an obstacle course or jumps or diving boards onto other chicks! LOL They are a riot to watch.[​IMG]
  6. Curlita

    Curlita Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    My gals are 3 months and 4 weeks and I have a roost in their pen, but they don't seem to be using it. They all curl up to sleep on the floor together. I'm wondering if maybe the dowel I have in is too small?
  7. pookiethebear

    pookiethebear Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    I have a short roost ( a 2x4 on its side edge with a dowl through it) for my 4 week olds (mixed breeds)and a higher roost (2x6 on end with a larger dowel through it) for my 5 week old (these are all RIRs). I find all the reds roosting and there is usually one roosting on the food tray....guess I did not make the roost big enough for all 6.
    Last edited: May 28, 2008
  8. Jubaby

    Jubaby Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    West Texas
    We also put in a small roost from the very beginning. At one week, I had several starting to roost.
  9. CathyB

    CathyB Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    Ok, so they need something! Do you just go get a broken branch outside and throw it in there? I know with my chinchillas everything needs to be baked first but they are chewing on them [​IMG] ! What about a broom stick?
  10. CritterHill

    CritterHill Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    SE PA
    Mine are 4 weeks and I am just using branches. They seem to love them!

    A couple will try to sleep on them which is really cute to see, but most still huddle on the floor.

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