When will my chickens start roosting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BrandonVercnocke, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. ScottKelly1974

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    I've also made a roost bar for them when they were just a month old. It is about three inches high and most want to get on it. I made it out of scrap 2x4 and used a real branch as the bar. Then I added another scrap wood for an alternative roost.
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  2. springvalley123

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    Since all the birds are the same age, that leaves issues with the roost. I've moved my chicken shelter, then we all moved, so I've had a bit of practice in making a roost that the hens feel comfortable/safe in. The first enclosure, had roost bars and it was in a trampoline pen surrounded by shade cloth, much like a shady treetop I guess. I did notice, when I "failed" to make a suitable roost in their new enclosure, the birds found their own. {they're in a predator proof enclosure, btw} I corrected my "failure" by putting up shade cloth. Maybe the pullets are saying that you don't have enough shade cloth or other natural cover in the tree tops you've created for them? I have about 18 inches-2 feet between the roost bars and the roof, or the top of the shade cloth, and shade cloth extends down to the level of the roost bar, if that helps. For SW washington and not in Arizona like I am, I'd think you'd substitute shelter for shade cloth.
     
  3. RustyBucketFarmGirl

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    I had the same question! I moved them to a beautiful spacious coop and they all huddled in a corner in a pile. I tried putting them on and they would flap off and run away.

    I would see them perching on the roost during the day and i couldn’t figure it out.

    I feel like it was 3 almost 4 months. They were almost full grown at this point. It felt like forever. But each night once one started someone else would give it a try.
     
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  4. BrandonVercnocke

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    A few coop pics. Still need to finish some siding but for all intents and purposes...it’s done
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  5. BrandonVercnocke

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    I put them on once! Just once! And there they are. Proud papa E4746425-CB80-4E2E-A581-30202118AC67.jpeg
     
  6. Silkie_Mom

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    I'm so glad! Once they start roosting up high they realize how much they love it.
     
  7. imnukensc

    imnukensc Crowing

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    Your roost bar is too close to the wall.
     
  8. rosemarythyme

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    It's too close because it's on a diagonal. Ideally you want 12" at least to the wall. Also appears to be too short for number of birds - again you want about 12" per bird if possible.
     
  9. ScottKelly1974

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    I built my own too. I've used 2 eight foot long 2x2's. They are set separate from each other but parallel.
     
  10. BrandonVercnocke

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    Omg I know....now. It seemed more appropriate when they were smaller. Never having chickens before I have no spacial sense of really anything haha

    The bar their food and water is hanging from is a perfect future roost, once they can reach it and the sustenance is moved . I’m hoping they use this lower roost as a launching pad to get to the upper roost....eventually. I may move low roost or add a middle roost. Time will tell.
     
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