wont roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lilfarmer1978, May 5, 2016.

  1. lilfarmer1978

    lilfarmer1978 Out Of The Brooder

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    Friend gave me 5 hens and a rooster 2 weeks ago and they won't roost on their poles, they are 2yrs old and he said they never roosted for him either. What should i do? They are in a nice coop pen but i dont like they on the ground.
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Are the roost poles sufficient diameter. They should be 2 inches or larger. I use natural tree branches in my coop. There are sections that are less than 2 inches as well. The bark is on the branches. I filed smooth any protruding knots.
    At dusk, just take a few of them and place on roost. Next day place a few more. Some may develop a liking to the roosts on their own after trying it out.
    WISHING YOU BEST and [​IMG]
     
  3. lilfarmer1978

    lilfarmer1978 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine are oak branches, they are close to 2 1\2 " in diameter. I will definitely try that tomorrow evening! Thanks for the advice!!
     

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