Where do Chicks Roost?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Booswalia, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    This might seem like a dumb question but, if you let mother hen raise her own chicks where do they roost? Obviously little chicks can't hope onto a roost. Do they go back to the nest?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    It depends a bit. I've had hens take them back to a nest, but the usual space is in a corner of the coop on the floor.

    My brooder raised chicks usually do not roost until they are about 10 to 12 weeks old, but my broodies usually take them to high places to roost by the time they are about 4 to 5 weeks old. No two are alike.
     
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  3. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks Ridgerunner. My coop is pretty small so I guess I'll just have to watch and find out.
     
  4. kiwismom

    kiwismom Out Of The Brooder

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    We use to have our roost way up next to celing and our hen whould take her chick straight up there everynight from 2nd day.It made me a wreck so we moved hem into their own pen, but the little chicks always made it and looked so funny up so high with the big girls.
     
  5. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    How did she get them up there?
     

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