I had a question about roosting and coops.
First, can chickens, if supplied with a roost and nesting boxes, function without a coop? My first instinct is to say they can since coops don't exist in nature and factory farms do it (but let's try not to be like factory farms). Be assured that the chickens will be quite safe (in a garage and a dog kennel). Nothing will be able to get to them.
Second, do you think chickens prefer round roost poles or square ones? My vote is round since branches are more like that and I might even use real branches for it. I've just seen a lot of roosts made out of rectangular lumber (1x2 strips). Doesn't that hurt their feet (on the square ones)?
Any help would be much appreciated!