Will my chickens learn to roost??

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Biggles !

Will my chickens learn to roost??

Just been up the chookerie and found my new gals huddled by the door on the floor. Picked 2 of them up and had to hunt down "3; she did a runner. Hmmm a tad tricky trying to sneak up on a black feathered chook in the dark. None of them looked particularly happy balancing upon the structure we inherited and have renewed. But, in fact "3 was perched very happily on my arm for 5 mins. so I'm sure they will learn quite quickly. I do hope so.

The 10 chooks we have had staying with us in the past took to the roosts very well. The group of 7 were used to it and the 3 who were not used to roosting adapted in minutes.

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Expat Badger

Will my chickens learn to roost??

oh i'm sure they will - it's natural to them surely

oh i'm so jealous - would love a chook or two!

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Gerry

roosting chooks

It's better for their legs if they roost, Biggles. I'd lift them up until they get the idea themselves.

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Gerry

PS roosting chooks

Biggles, check (with your vet) that the height and width of the roost is ideal for them.

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Essex Girl

Roosting

I hope they soon settle in, Biggs. Will you speak to them in French or English?

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treehugger

roosting chooks

sure they'll get the hang of it soon Biggs- when we moved our chickens into their new luxury apartment (!) they took ages before they worked out the roosts, and slept on the floor for at least a week, but soon worked it out.
also, any new ones we introduce choose to spend the first few nights on the floor while they work out not only the roosts but the pecking order in the house! xx

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lemonsqueaky

Chickens Roosting

Biggles - my friend in France has just got three hens (her 'girls'). Is it true they like to be picked up? Next time I visit I fancy having one tucked under my arm.

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Biggles !

Chickens roosting !

Thank you all for your help. I did have to place all three on the roost last night. The leader, Blackie was down and feeding this morning but the other two were still perched. The second one flapped her way down eventually and number three looked as though she needed a few more hours sleep so I left her; I'll go back shortly with some treats, some tommies or courgette. They have a super ladder to use circa 1920's. The snow we are having at the moment isn't pleasing them very much :0(

Thanks Gerry, I will check out dimensions but we had thought that we had it right (we put it together with some friends who wanted us to look after their chooks). I never mind going back to the drawing board though.

Ha ha Squeaks, it's that time of year where we are all getting our new gals. I do hope to be keeping mine for a few years; eggs only as I'm too wimpish to put them in the pot. My friend's 3 year old daughter picks 'her' hen up regularly and the hen doesn't seem to mind at all and Henrietta is the most prolific layer of the 3 hens. Now the daughter is 4 she is more careful in the picking up :0). I find it quite strange to be picking up a bird, very different to cats. But I don't think it will be long before they will coming running up to me to see what treats I might have (not too may as that will disrupt the egg production, as my other friends discovered) and I can see that they might be very friendly. Sooty and Spooky come up the garden with me and eye up the new birds, behind the fencing. Think the cats will come off worse in a confrontation :0)

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lemonsqueaky

Chickens Roosting

Glad to hear they won't soon be 'chickens roasting' Biggles. Margaret's are definitely only for laying; she gave them names to start with but it's just the Girls or my Lovelies. They do terrible things to her compost heap then they're called little tractors!

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Biggles !

Clever Chickens :0)

Went up to the chooks, for the n'th time, about dusk and found the black one had got up to the roost. Within a couple of minutes the other two had joined her. I think they are still vying for position but it's looking good.

No eggs today but I don't mind, been bitterly cold with snow and hopefully, they are now settling in well. Lots of wandering around and scratching of earth and eating and drinking.

Squeaks, they don't mind me stroking them, perhaps I'll have to try carrying them around :0)

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tilly

chooks

mine get carried daily as they need to be moved from the night accommadation to the day abode and are quite laid back[!] about it !! They decline to roost instead sleep in the nest box but they appear to be very happy girls.
The poultry keeper forum is very helpful and good at giving sound advice plus they do have a french bit for expats

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Biggles !

Chickens

Thanks Tilly, I had forgotton about the poultry forum. Gals settled in well and I had my first proper egg, in the nesting box, this morning. Also one tiny half deformed eggy on the ground. Hopefully that will have been a first attempt :0)

Went up this evening and all three were well perched :0)

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Yummy

Three French Hens

Hi Biggs, hope your girls are settling in OK.
Not too well at the moment (gastric flu) :0(( and not 100% now,
so not been on here for a while, and obviously no cooking.

Try your chooks with a bit of Pasta and a few parings of cheese, they also like the rind from the smelliest camembert !! Friends have dropped their's off for their stay in the UK so we have five in total at the moment, I can see our neighbours being pleased our numbers have been increased as we pass on the extra eggs!

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Biggles !

3 French hens...

Hi Yummy, so sorry to learn you are not well; hope you are feeling better and are being spoiled rotten.

The girls are settling in well and I've had an egg a day; not bad :0)

We bought some chopped maize today which seems to have gone down well and they have eaten half of the chopped sprouts I put out this morning. I'll learn what they like. I will try some cheese tomorrow, I never would have thought of that. Pasta on the list for later.

It seems my girls should be given names starting with F as they are in 2010, last year animals should have been given names starting with E. Sounds as thought we should have called Spooky, Dotty Dasher. Apparently there is this convention that the letter changes each year and the local vetinary will give copies of names; amazing what I learn at French lessons on a Friday morning (at least I found this more interesting than the subjonctif)!!!

Hope your chooks on vacances enjoy their stay, I'm sure they will :0)

The lady I make bread for has asked to buy eggs from me. I said no way and she is welcome to the extras; I've asked her to help me out with wing clipping. Seems fair enough to me :0)

Hoping you feel much better very soon.

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Gerry

chooks & gastric flu

"Not too well at the moment (gastric flu) :0(( and not 100% now,
so not been on here for a while, and obviously no cooking."
Yummy, I had what I thought might be that for 10 days last year. I felt wiped out for ages. Hope yours doesn't last too long.
All sympathy,
Gerry
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