Why don't they sit on the roost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Aspen47591, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Aspen47591

    Aspen47591 In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2008
    At night, after being shut in the coop, my chickens all huddle together in a corner of the coop, the corner by the door. I often find eggs there. They have just started laying, it isn't a regular thing yet.

    They have a nice, three tier roost and rarely use it.

    I wish they would. When I open the door, they almost fall out of the door!

    Any thoughts? Hub is sure the roosts are the right size--he paid attention to that when he built it.

  2. Wynette

    Wynette Crowing

    Sep 25, 2007
    Can you post a picture of the set-up? You'll get more (and better) feedback if we can visualize the area.

    Most folks use 2x4's (4" end up) for roosts. How high is it? It could be that the other tiers are too close to each other, or in a drafty area. Hard to tell. If you can't post a picture, if you could give more details, that would help.
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    This is normal behavior for a young flock.

    They love the company of one another and feel secure together.

    Once they become older, the roost will become the place to rest at night.

  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Mine are all about 12 weeks old and they all cram up on the top roost which is about 5.5 feet off the floor. We have a shorter roost but NONE use that one. lol Are you using round roosts? Or 2x4 laid flat (wide end up) ?
  5. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    If the roost is not stable or not wide enough they wont use it. Also some chickens have to be shown to use the roost. You may need to go out in the evening and put them up there and you may need to do that for several nights until they get the idea.
  6. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    My 7 week olds are doing the exact same thing. They are huddled in one corner and Hoss is huddled in another. They were sleeping right up on the door, but have since moved a bit away from it. But once I open that door in the morning and say "Girlie Girls" out they pour.
    They use the roosts during the day, but so far not to sleep on.
  7. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    When I went in to lock my chickens in for the night I had to lift them up onto the roost at night for over a week. Every day or two I noticed more seemed to be getting up onto the roost on their own. For the past two nights I've found them all up there--crammed as close together as they could possibly get. lol
  8. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    Mine did that too. In the corner closest to the house where they were raised. Then all of a sudden, they started to roost on the roosts provided. I had started to think that they didn't like the size of the roosts and I was ready to get DH to change them out. But now they are into the routine - just waiting for eggs......

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