What is up with the silkies?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by festivefeet, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. festivefeet

    festivefeet Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Okay, so I got a silkie, it turned out to be a rooster. It does not roost like the other hens I have. He instead, sleeps and poops in the nesting boxes.

    Is there a solution to this problem. I am tired of the nesting boxes being filled with poop. I cannot believe how much poop accumulates from that one rooster over night, it's CRAZY!!!

  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    My Silkies don't roost either. I don't know how you would keep him out of the nesting box. But, I think they all poop alot.
  3. Jacob42

    Jacob42 In the Brooder

    May 14, 2009
    Saginaw MN
    Our silkies would love to roost on the branch I nailed to the corner of the coop but the polish refuse to let them. They prefer to have something that is bigger around like a 2-3 inch branch or something and I think they prefer to want something that belongs to other chickens. Otherwise they sleep on top of the metal cans I have for food with a towel on it.
  4. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    In general silkies don't roost. Hopefully someone who isn't so tired as I will pop in and expand.
  5. Equus5O

    Equus5O Songster

    I started with two Silkies. Both were roosters. One has been sold, so I'm down to one. Both roosted in the coop. The one I still have still roosts.
  6. Chew593

    Chew593 Songster

    If the silkie is used to roosting in the nest boxes the only thing you can do is go in the coop after they settle in for the night and move him.
    My silkie doesn't roost either. you can put his very own roost about 18 inches off the floor and move him there every night till he gets it... if he gets it.
  7. chickndoglover

    chickndoglover In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2009
    Victoria, BC Canada
    I have lots of silkies and the white one always sleep on the bottom and never even jump up on a roost, the other colors will jump up and sleep on shelves in the coop. But I think it is because of the feathers over their eyes on the whites, they dont see as well as the other colors.
  8. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    Do you have any hens laying? Is he young? Looks like he found him a good spot. I have one rooster that did that. as soon as the hens were ready to lay he never got in it again. I think He was just looking for a good stop for them. He is always showing them where the food is and being a good boy. Hope that is the same for you. Don't know.
    [​IMG] Can you make him a new place of his own that he might like.

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