Here is a picture of our current set-up:
As you can see, we have a roost right in front of the nesting boxes. We also have roosts running along the windows on the other 3 sides of the coop. We are planning on removing some windows from the coop because we think it makes our chickens feel too exposed. We are also changing the nesting boxes. The ones pictured above have lasted us 3-4 years, but they are starting to smell and it's time for a change. We are planning on using the 5-gallon bucket idea for our new boxes for easier maintenance and cleaning. We plan to lower the boxes and raise the roosts. I have a few questions I would love to get some opinions on!
1. Do the windows really need to come out? This is a project I'm working on with my dad and he thinks the windows need to come out. I think if we just give them higher places to roost, they won't feel so exposed. Here is a picture of our coop when it was first out in place. You can kind of see just how many windows we have. Any thoughts?
2. Does anyone have suggestions for the roosts themselves? My dad is looking for specifics like how high they should be, how far away from the wall they should be, and what material should they be (wood planks, branches, etc.)? I would love to see/hear what you all have done to get some ideas. Photos would be extremely helpful if you have them!
Thank you so much in advance!