when will they sleep on their roost?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Carolina Chicken Man, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    My B.O.'s are 13 weeks old? They still huddle together on the floor at night. I know they know how to get on the roost, I have seen them hangining out there in the morning before I let them out of the coop. But when I lock them up at night, they are huddled on the floor.

    Also, I don't have my nest boxes built yet, when would I expect them to start laying eggs. 5 months?
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2008
  2. Anne

    Anne Songster

    Feb 11, 2007
    Bellingham, WA
    Sometimes chicks that are raised by people (i.e., don't have a chicken mom to teach them what to do) need to be encouraged to use the roosts. Start picking them up and putting them all on the roosts at night. They'll catch on after a while.

    You can probably expect them to start laying around 5-6 months. If they don't have nest boxes, they may get in the annoying habit of laying their eggs elsewhere. [​IMG]
  3. debakadeb

    debakadeb Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    Mine don't really go to the roost until it gets dusk. Maybe they go to the roost after you leave?
  4. gachickeeper

    gachickeeper In the Brooder

    May 25, 2008
    Middle GA
    My 9 week old BO's are still huddling together on the floor as well. They have three roosts and lots of nest boxes.
  5. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    I put all my new chickens this spring on the roost every night for about two weeks. Pain, yes but it definitely helps in the long run as they now roost on the roost and not in the nesting boxes or anywhere else. Sometimes by the time I put the last chicken on the roost the first one had jumped down. I just keep putting them on the roost, it helps if it is really dark in the coop too.

    Good luck!
  6. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    Be sure they have light of some kind so they can find the roosts. Mine were doing the same thing, but then I realized that they can't see when they go in at night if I don't leave the shed door open or the light on for them. If I do leave the door open, they will eat a bit then find the roosts before it's totally dark in the coop and mine all roost now. But of course, make sure the coop is secure before the sun goes down all the way so predators don't get your chickens!
  7. Out of my twelve assorted pullets, the Black Majorca started roosting when she was about 10 days old. The others started following her and began roosting way younger than I thought they would! I agree with putting them up on the roost after dark. They'll get the hang of it! (no pun intended)
  8. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Does it really matter if they're on the floor? [​IMG]
  9. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    Last year, after moving to the coop, mine huddled in the corner and over the span of about 4 weeks, they began to use the roosts. Don't worry about it.
  10. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    It took mine a few days to warm up to the new roosts. Luckily one of the roos decided he wanted to go up there and all the rest just followed his lead. They've been roosting ever since.

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