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Where do your chickens sleep?


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#1 lucy-lu

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:02 AM

Hi, where in the hen house do your chickens sleep?

Also re chicken pellets, are ther steroids in them? The one I bought have a certain % of something, crap can't remember, maybe protein?


Is there usually steroids in it too?

Edited by lucy-lu, 09 December 2012 - 12:25 PM.


#2 imamumto3

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:04 AM

mine go in their nesting box, one each side of the centre divide.

#3 lucy-lu

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:18 AM

Do they ever sleep on a perch?

#4 FiveAus

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:41 AM

We lost all our chooks to foxes recently, but they always slept on a perch, aside from the occasional clucky one.
They used to all line up in their breed groups. The silkies would all perch together, the silver spangled Hamburgs would stay together, the black Hamburgs etc.

#5 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:20 AM

They all sleep on a perch, never in their nesting boxes!



#6 Crap Napper

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:26 AM

4 cram into a single nesting box  ohmy.gif, 2 sit on a perch. Incidentally, no one lays eggs in the nesting box either! Disobedient little blighters  biggrin.gif

#7 Something Witty

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:28 AM

Ours sleep in their nesting box aswell.

#8 lucy-lu

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:26 PM

Did they learn to sleep operch themselves, or did you put them there when they were asleep?


#9 imamumto3

Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:24 PM

I have never seen mine on the perch, is that a problem?

#10 BetteBoop

Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

Usually snuggled together in the nesting box. I took the perch out recently because they weren't using it.

One night I accidentally left the coop door open and they slept on top of the A frame coop.

#11 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:28 PM

They learnt themselves how to perch.



#12 TheGreenSheep

Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:37 PM

Mine learnt themselves.

They mix it up, sometimes 4 in a nesting box  ohmy.gif , so DH removed a divider to give them more room. When it's hot and they're bothered they sleep on the perch inside the house, or some hot nights they sleep outside on the perches in their run, all fox proof of course.

#13 kellyellykiki

Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:19 AM

mine sleep on top of one another like some kind of chicken totem pole.  All in the back corner of their house on the floor between the perch and the walls.

Or if hot they dig a hole in soil near my window  ans sleep there in the shade.

my chickens are strange

#14 melaine

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:27 AM

Some nights they seem to pile in one nesting box. Other nights on the perch. They learnt to sleep there by themselves - except when we added some to the flock, I used to put them up with the others sometimes or else they'd sleep down by themselves.

We had one nesting box for each chook - as we were advised to do. But they only ever used one... So we took some away.



#15 *LucyE*

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:24 PM

QUOTE
Also re chicken pellets, are ther steroids in them? The one I bought have a certain % of something, crap can't remember, maybe protein?


Is there usually steroids in it too?

I didn't think they were allowed to put steroids in the food?

Usually, laying pellets will advertise a % of protein because it's supposed to help with egg production. I personally avoid them and am happy to have hens that aren't so 'productive'. I look for feed that doesn't have meat used as a protein source because my thinking is that although chickens are omnivores, they are unlikely to naturally go eat a cow/fish/pig/whatever that meat meal is made from. I rather give them good quality grain and provide them access to fertile areas to forage for their own 'protein' of grubs, insects and worms. Lots of leafy greens are important too.

#16 Mishu

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:43 PM

QUOTE
mine sleep on top of one another like some kind of chicken totem pole


This made me giggle.Can we have a photo? Pretty please wink.gif

#17 lucy-lu

Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:43 PM

QUOTE (*LucyE* @ 10/12/2012, 09:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I didn't think they were allowed to put steroids in the food?

Usually, laying pellets will advertise a % of protein because it's supposed to help with egg production. I personally avoid them and am happy to have hens that aren't so 'productive'. I look for feed that doesn't have meat used as a protein source because my thinking is that although chickens are omnivores, they are unlikely to naturally go eat a cow/fish/pig/whatever that meat meal is made from. I rather give them good quality grain and provide them access to fertile areas to forage for their own 'protein' of grubs, insects and worms. Lots of leafy greens are important too.

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