Young chickens staying on roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mhrcr1, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. Mhrcr1

    Mhrcr1 New Egg

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    I have 4 pullets 8-12 weeks old they have been out in the coup/run for a week now. They seem to spend most of the day perched up 2 feet off the ground on the support braces for the raised coup. They have a swing and 2 perches on the ground When they Come down the seem to get a quick bite to eat some water and jump right back up. Is this normal? Do they just need time to get comfortable?
     
  2. farmgirllvo

    farmgirllvo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is totally normal, they just need time to get used to their soroundings.
    Try putting treats on the ground for to encourage them to come down.
     
  3. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC, glad you've joined us!
    What is on the ground in your run?
    Sand, shavings, wire?
     
  4. Mhrcr1

    Mhrcr1 New Egg

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    Thank you! I will try the treat thing. It's all bare dirt I was going to do sand but I wasn't sure if it was a good idea. I have a box for dust baths I don't think they have figured out either. I was going to close them out of that arre but wasn't sure if that was necessary.
     
  5. Mhrcr1

    Mhrcr1 New Egg

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    Would it be a good idea to shut them out of that area during the day?
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Look into providing a large shallow box with some hay in it. Then throw in a handful of grain like BOSS or shell-corn.
     
  7. Mhrcr1

    Mhrcr1 New Egg

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    Is this to keep them busy?
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    In part, yes. It may also provide a refuge from the bare ground. When chickens not actively foraging, they are even more inclined to avoid bare / exposed areas. Loafing is what they do when not foraging. The setup I recommend will provide two benefits.
     

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