Chickens Stories from Our Nest

Sleeping Arrangements

I have been curious as to where the girls are sleeping at night.  Yes, I know they are all in the coop, but how do they arrange themselves.  Do they spread out amongst the two roosts?  Are the mini-chickens still sleeping in the nesting boxes with their Moms?  Do they have a specific order or any routines now?

Last night, I took advantage at dusk. I had returned from working in the school yard garden. Dirty and tired, I collapse and sat in front of the run.  I noticed that Autumn, Fifi and Dottie Speckles were still in the run.  This did not surprise me as they are the lowest in the pecking order.  No sooner had I sat down, when Autumn went into the coop.  She was met with a few low clucks and then everything inside the coop went quiet.  Outside, Dottie and Fifi were still trying to figure out if the big girls would let them in.  They both nervously hopped up, over and under the coop ramp; speaking to each other in mini-chicken peeps as they did so.  As the minutes passed, darkness soon began to consume the little remaining daylight.  Finally, Fifi scooted in and Dottie followed immediately.  They were met with a few loud thumps and squawking.  What the heck was going on in there?

I waited a few moments, then closed the coop door.  I retrieved the waterer and emptied it of the remaining water.  The coop went quiet.  Then I stole a glance through the nesting boxes.  I was met with tiny elongated stretching necks coming from the right nesting box.  It was Feathers and Dottie.  They were both in the box.  I stroked their little heads as if to let them know they were safe.  Then I peered at the roosts.

The roosts are about 3 feet long.  In the coop, I have two, totalling 6 feet.  However, the favorite roost is the one closest to the front windows.  On that roost, in this order was Oyster Cracker, Tilly, Sunshine was on the floor in front of them, Dolly then Autumn.  I closed the nesting box.  Knowing that Sunshine usually moves to the roost, I was curious to see where she slept. 

I returned about 10 minutes later.  I could no longer see Sunshine’s body pressed up against the window.  I peeked in again.  Everyone had decided to cram their 8 bodies onto one 3 foot roost!  Sunshine,Oyster Cracker, Tilly, Dolly, Autumn, Feathers, Fifi and Dottie Speckles were all there and in that order!  It was truly an amazing feat.  They were all snuggling, happy and sleeping.  I left with a happy fuzzy warm feeling and returned to the house.  I guess I won’t complain so much when the kids want to come into our bed in the morning for a snuggle.  The chickens have inspired me to “make room”.