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    • CommentAuthorBishBashBosh
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2009 8:44pm (May 26th 2009) edited
    My chickens (I'll upload photos soon) have been roosting in the nest boxes since I got them (about a month ago now, they started laying last week). I've put up a roosting bar (of a decent size), and one of them roosted on it if I persistently put her on it, but would still go back to the nesting box with t'other if left to do so. I've now blocked the entrance to the nests with a bit of wood, so they're pretty much forced to use the bar. Is this the right thing to do?? You can watch what happens (in the next 30mins probably) on my webcam at
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2009 9:26pm (May 26th 2009) edited
    it could be that the rungs are two narrow to get comfy on.... try just one rung size of a broom handle or thicker. Hens will sleep in the nest boxes or on the floor for a change sometimes. Mine have a broom handle and cope with that just fine,
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2009 10:23pm (May 26th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Are there sharp corners on the roosting bar? A round or smoothed square one is best...

    As you can see from our hencam though, they will sometimes decide to use the nest box as it might be comfier, or warmer or cooler or whatever.
    • CommentAuthorBishBashBosh
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2009 10:38pm (May 26th 2009)
    It's rounded (hand-carved with a stanley knife then sanded down), and quite big; made from a 50x50mm fence post (as recommended on a few sites). They seem quite comfy on it now, perched together. I just feel guilty forcing them to use it! But it will save having to clean out the nest boxes so often. I think I need to oil it next to prevent mites.

    Sorry if you've been trying to check out the webcam while I've been faffing with it. I've been trying to get an Apple Airport Express connected to my network. FWIW, the javascript version seems a bit more reliable...
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2009 10:45pm (May 26th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Perhaps they've just got used to using the nesting boxes - putting them on the roosting bars is probably the right thing to do and they should eventually learn that they are good to sleep on!
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 12:01am (May 27th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Yep, what you're doing is right! :)
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 2:21pm (May 28th 2009)
    Nice sweet hens..
    • CommentAuthorBishBashBosh
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2009 8:09pm (May 30th 2009)
    Why thank you :) They're using the roosting bar every night now. They haven't got a lot of choice to be fair. But they're still using the next boxes to lay eggs so I'm glad about that :) Thanks guys. As promised I'm uploading some photos... I'll let you know when they're up.