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  • When do chickens start to need a perch?

    Ii've got one hen and four chickens. I think they are about 4- 6 weeks old now. I haven't yet built a roosting perch in the chicken house and just want to know how old chickens are when they want to be perching. And also the hen, when will she want to get back on her perch.

    At the moment they are all sleeping together in the nest still but i've noticed that during the day sometimes the little ones jump up on the ladder that is leaning up against the chook house and one has started to fluff its wings a bit as if trying to fly.

    The mum's wing has been clipped too. I am not sure how long it will be til the wing grows back enough for her to get up to a perch. Does anyone know?

  • #2
    I'd leave it up to the chickens. Just put something in with them that represents a perch, when they start jumping up on it, might be time to attach something more permanent.
    Eric J Smith
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    • #3
      I guess tha's a reasonable idea. I have a look around for something. I still haven't built them a roof yet. They will need a roof when they get their perch.

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      • #4
        hiya sun burn...........

        Chicks will usually climb over all sorts of things as they grow older,untill one day they decide to hop up onto a branch or something that gets em off the ground.....Its normal to roost,but babies cant jump much untill they bigger,as their legs arnt strong enough to jump hights or land from hights...

        Apparently if they roost too long it causes a misshapening of the breast (keel i think) bone.

        chooks poo when they sleep/roost so its important to teach all the birds to "perch at night" Usually teach a few and rest learn from the others,The/A rooster will normally order his girls to follow him up to roost with him.....

        Ive asked chook judges and they say perches can be 3x2 wood will do for them..nothing bigger.... skinny poles are ok for smaller breeds or birds, but average medium sized chook(average hen) require the 3x2 ,they dont need to be up high,and shouldnt be hard for them to jump up or down, without hurting themselves

        I only clip chook wings at last resort,or for those habitual jumpers....... Nature gave them wings,its not up to us mere humans to think we no better and clip them....Wings are for self defence and to evade capture from predators,u clip em its like cutting of a leg from a human,only a human leg or arm dont grow back again.... clipped chooks look scruffy aswell lol.but do grow again eventually though..

        you may find mum will start leaving the babies for longer and longer as they get older,after 6/8 weeks mum usually dumps em and will start laying again.....the babes will find their own hidy spots and will probly learn of the others or mum as to when its time and how to get up that high to roost.....IF babes cant keep up with mum for first 6/8 weeks(seasons depending) they will die of cold or lack of food....

        Its amazing how a new mum just knows how too look after her brood......They dont suffer post natal depression either,lolol

        Tezza
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        • #5
          I was hoping/thinking the mum would teach them about roosting. Oh well. She's a great mum! It seems i've only got on rooster out of four so I can't be too unhappy with. I think i will keep him as long as possible before people start to complain and then it will be off with his head, poor thing.

          I think we clipped her wing because she was coming to a new home.

          The ducks needed it too.

          but with either of them, you can't tell they've been clipped unless they open their wings to fluff them.

          For now, I've put a step ladder in the pen for them to "play" on.

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          • #6
            dont loose no sleep over it Sunny.. lol.Im sure theyll get the hang of it,somehow ,sometime ...

            If they dont by time they getting full size, i suggest you place em on perches in the dark,and let em learn the trick to not tot fall off, during the night..

            Poultry arnt exactly dumb buggers they been around longer then us stupid dumb bumb humans....

            Tezza
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            • #7
              so long as something is there for them to perch on they'll eventually do it
              The universe is my eyes and ears, all else is hearsay.

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              • #8
                I have provided what I thought was a great perch for my four chooks but they all prefer to roost in their two nest boxes. This means that their eggs are usually covered in shit. Can anyone suggest how I can get them to sleep on their perch instead of their nest?

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                • #9
                  Simple Hawky. Remove the nest for a week... and put the chooks on perch everynight to make em use it ....Do it as its just on dark,They stuffed in dark..holdem up n place on the perch untill they grip with their feet,removing nest stops em from sleeping there,so in effect they gota sleepelse where coz there beds gone lol.be quick coz they fill choose another place if u dont do it 4 them....
                  Dont have there perches up to high either 3/4 foot is probly ideal... Chooks are like me.They dont like Higher Purchase . high perches

                  Tezza
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                  • #10
                    I understand that as a breed Chinese silkies are less likely perch even if one is available.
                    : )
                    Sue

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                    • #11
                      wouldnt know about what breeds roost and what doesnt roost Susan..Id of thought that most if not all would prefere to roost..Its better to have the birds up above the ground,as they poop during the night and end up shitting in their sit

                      Tezza
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                      Allmost 24 years experience
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                      • #12
                        Well I put in some happy plant trunks about a week ago and they are using them now. This morning when I went in, some of the chickens were perched there but when they go to bed, they are all sitting on top of mum still. They are about 8 weeks old i guess.

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                        • #13
                          Thats good,at least their intrested now.Mum will ditch them one day soon,shell be ready to start laying soon maybe,depending. Shell ditch them and find her spot on a perch probly,and leave the babies to find their own spot on/in the perching order,Thats it,childhood over,build a chicky bridge and get over it....

                          Glad your tunks are happy now,thell be nice n happy alltogether in the house(chook)...
                          Is mum in good condition with a nice red comb? thats an indication prior to laying,rooster chasing her is another indication.....
                          "Permaculture. Just Do It"
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                          Allmost 24 years experience
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                          • #14
                            Chickens were forest animals and normally roosted in the trees.
                            Normal size ones can jumpat least 1.2m up to a perch.
                            Ours roost as high as they can possiblly get, nearly 1.8m high.
                            They normally just need to be taught where to roost and as previously mentioned put them on the perch every night till they jump up themselves, just before dark so they are not inclined to jump off.
                            Normally only takes a day or 2 for them to work it out.
                            Kurt
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                            • #15
                              The only rooster is her son and she chases him. She chases them all. She doesn't want them hanging around her. She's been laying for a couple of weeks now. She was on the perch this morning when i went ot let them out as were they. I do'nt know where htey sleep but i don't care. I am sure they will all work it out by themselves.

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