When should I introduce a perch to my chicks someday to be layers?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fushalilly, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Songster

    Mar 9, 2008
    Rhode Island
    I have 3 2week old chicks, they are going to be layers. When should I intorduce a perch? Also, should the perch be round or square? And how thick?
  2. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    I just did it and near as I can tell ( I asked here) they are about 3-4 weeks. The girls are using it already. I took a small limb about 1" in diameter and they seem to be fine with it. Picture shows it in the back of the cage.

  3. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Might as well get them use to roosting from the get go. You won't want them sleeping in nest boxes when they are mature....

    Julie [​IMG]
  4. Jaimi

    Jaimi In the Brooder

    Mar 1, 2008
    North Central Alabama
    I have 2 and 3 week old ones in a crate with a perch. Only the 3 week old RIR uses it; the others just fall off....lol
  5. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    My chicks are 4 days old and they are already using their little roost. It's a 2X2 mounted about 6" off the ground.
  6. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    Quote:I added a little roost ( you can just see it in the above pic) on the floor when they were young like you say and they started using that one right away.
  7. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Mine were using a roost at 1 week old.
  8. kaylakala

    kaylakala Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Melbourne Florida
    The things I need to know about chickens.....

    Gotta get my guys a little ole roost now.
  9. plapczynski

    plapczynski Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Chillicothe, OH
    Mine had a roost at one week. Sometimes it's a limbo pole too![​IMG]
  10. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky

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