Will my Chickens Roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Beverly Cruzz, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Beverly Cruzz

    Beverly Cruzz Hatching

    Apr 5, 2018
    I bought 4 chickens 17 weeks old from a hatchery I have only had them 1 day but I noticed they are not using their roost tonite ( which they have a new coop too and the roost is probably 18 in high ) is the roost to high or were they raised in a huge barn and have never had a roost ? when I checked on them 3 were sleeping in the nest boxes and the other one not.
  2. ashlandco

    ashlandco Songster

    Mar 31, 2017
    For my chickens it was a matter of maturity, from oldest to youngest they all eventually made it to the roosts:)
  3. Angeline1978

    Angeline1978 Songster

    May 22, 2016
    If I were a chicken, I would rather lay in a soft bed than roost. Sounds like they will all fall in line shortly. My roosters roost, my hens are a touch smarter and go for the beds. That's kind of unfair, roosters keep watch like good loving family men should.:duc:th
  4. LoveDatChickenLife

    LoveDatChickenLife Chirping

    Jul 9, 2017
    What I did with both my flocks, ( which for both worked ) at sunset ever night I pushed them up the ladder to the roost and closed the door. Then again, and again. Sometimes one or a few would get it and go up, but come down because the other don’t. But they would get it eventually, plus my nest boxes you have to cross the roost to get to them.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Give them time.
    Is roost higher than nests?
    Cover nests so they don't get in the habit of sleeping there.

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