"Chickens do better when they roost at night up off the ground. And they're happier, also. It is the natural way for a bird to sleep. It helps prevent external parasites and keeps them from lying in their own droppings." -Raising Chickens
We have apparently bred a chicken-child.
Found sleeping on her perch last night, we decided we were wrong about her lot in life. She is not going to be the next Shawn Johnson. Rather, she is destined to scale mountains, sleeping with her tent securely staked into the side of the rock....where she is safe from parasites...and from sleeping in her own droppings...