How can I get chickens to roost where I want them to?
Our coop is 6.5 X 7Â and 8 Â 10Â in height. There is a shelf about shoulder height that runs the circumference. It is not removable Â (I think the shelf caps the cinder block which encompasses the coopÂs lower half, (from there up itÂs plywood sheets with windows). The coop is shared by our 4 Indian Runners and 2 pullets. Our problem is that the pullets have taken to roosting on the shelves at night. No surprise there. IÂve tried to train them otherwise. I dislike the mess they leave there nightly, and, itÂs a pretty long jump for them in the morning. Furthermore, I just donÂt cotton to them being face-high. I finally acquiesced by raising their roost poles to the level of the shelf, but theyÂre not budging. Is there any thing I can put down on the surface (which they donÂt like) that may discourage them? Sand paper for instance or a layer of pebbles or something? I could tack an arc of chicken or weld wire across the shelf, but I am afraid they might get there feet entangled which might end in disaster. Thanks for your input.