The family reunion is complete. Seven eight week old chicks have been combined with five laying hens (one of whom hatched and raised the chicks. Things have gone fairly well, but, the chicks have not been allowed,by the hens, to roost on the perch provided. I added another perch and the hens claimed it for some reason, but the chicks do not seem to dare to roost on the other one. They could actually all fit on one but obviously that is not going to happen. The problem is the chicks go into the nesting boxes to "take cover" and get away from the hens and I do not want them leaving their deposits there where the eggs go
. So, do you think the chicks will figure it out and eventually roost on a perch, and how could I encourage this to happen sooner?