why do my chooks need a roost?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mfranti, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. mfranti

    mfranti In the Brooder

    Aug 12, 2008
    salt lake city
    some use it, others sleep on the floor. or on the rim of the nest box (that nobody uses)

    for fun, i put a few rocks on the floor tonight and they all are perched nicely on them right now.

    any suggestions? do they have to have a roost? and why?
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2008
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    They usually prefer a roost. They will also stay cleaner if they can perch up on something where they aren't pooping during the night and squatting right in it.

    As they get older, they more and more want to be up higher, generally, to sleep - but there's always the odd bird or two who will choose some other sleeping arrangement.

    And silkies can't roost too high unless you have stair steps going up since they can't fly.
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    They can have preferences on what they like in a roost, also. The size and shape, how far away from the wall it is, as well as how high it is or how easy it is to get up there, whether it's in a draft or even what it's made of.
  4. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    deming new mexico
    my experience is they will use it when they are ready and yes they are picky and sure do have their preferences spoiled lil boogers hahaha. good luck

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