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Q: At what age do baby chicks began to roost?

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It really depends on the individual personality of the bird as well as how quickly they develop. Birds that feather out quickly may begin to roost early (if they have a roost to use), since the grown-in wing feathers allow them to fly up to the roost easily. Some may try roosting almost immediately, while others may take two or three weeks.

Most people don't put roosts in their brooders, in which case it may take a few weeks for older birds to figure out "roosting" when they are moved to the big girl coop. However, you can give your young flock some practice with our Chick Jungle Gyms!

chicks roosting
However, roosting behavior depends on the breed, too. Silkies are famous for not roosting, even when they're adults! Flocks of Silkies sometimes "roost" in a fluffy pile on the floor.

Silkies don't roost