Well, it can actually be a combination of both, or one or the other. Chickens are able to independently operate each eye while sleeping. This means they can literally sleep with one eye open, and often do! When a group of chickens is on a perch, one on either end will literally act as a lookout keeping their outside eye open.
Another thing we wanted the answer to was, do chickens sleep in their nesting boxes?
The first, and main, reason why chickens sleep in nesting boxes is the nest box is higher than the roost. Chickens will try to roost for the night at the highest place possible in the coop. If your nest box is higher than your roost bars, your chickens will try to claim it as a sleeping spot.
One source claimed that try putting in sand boxes and scattering some grains in them. Plant some weeds and grass in pots to be rotated in and out of the run. Provide some form of bedding ; straw, husk, hay, chaf.
This behavior is generally normal, since noise or other factors may have kept them awake. Chickens may also prefer to sleep in the warm sun or take frequent naps to re-energize. Observe your chickens for symptoms such as strange movement, breathing problems, loss of appetite, egg-laying pattern changes, or other unusual behavior.
Is it bad to eat chicken every night?
Unfortunately, even though chicken is pretty good for you, it can actually be bad if you eat it too much. That’s right, it’s possible to eat too much chicken.
Why are my chicks dying?
My chicks are sick with respiratory infections, as I was researching I found this link and here is what it said,: Liver trouble is a non-contagious ailment that affects mostly older, heavier birds in the late winter and early spring.