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Yeah that makes sense about a 2x4 vs bar for feet to spread out not curl but is there a benefit to them sleeping up on anything bar or 2x4 vs sleeping in the shavings? If anything I think they might be warmer on the shavings especially since they pile on top of each other. But I'm a newbie so I didnt know if there was a reason to try and keep them from sleeping in the shavings.
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Yeah that makes sense about a 2x4 vs bar for feet to spread out not curl but is there a benefit to them sleeping up on anything bar or 2x4 vs sleeping in the shavings? If anything I think they might be warmer on the shavings especially since they pile on top of each other. But I'm a newbie so I didnt know if there was a reason to try and keep them from sleeping in the shavings.

They still can sleep on the shavings but it is better to have a roost.
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Oh and, it is bad for the chickens health to not sleep up high because it is bad for them to sleep on their droppings. Their natural instincts also tell them to roost on the high grounds.
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Oh ok that makes sense! Away from droppings. Thanks!
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Your welcome! If you have any further questions, please ask!
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Oh and by the way, what's the chickens name on your avatar? That chicken is adorable!
Edited by poultrymaster - 12/14/16 at 2:19pm
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Her name is Sweetie Belle (named after My Little Pony, lol). She was my favorite from the very beginning and still is! She loves to be petted and sits on my lap. 😀
post #38128 of 39186
Update! My husband made foam vent covers for both triangle vents and are in 4 pieces in each side so we can customize the amount open it shut as we figure out how much air flow we need. I have a humidity gauge in there so I'll check it tomorrow. I think you all were right though it does feel less drafty now. I guess I thought it was ok with the air flow because it was so much higher than the roosts. Live and learn. But thanks again for all the advice and I will definitely sleep better tonight (and hopeful my chickens).
post #38129 of 39186
You are very wise to question what you are doing if you are having problems.

I would also change the perches out, it's not very difficult to do and will probably improve your hen's comfort. Sometimes when chickens pile up together when they are cold the birds on the bottom can actually be asphyxiated, so it would be better if they would hop up on perches instead. It's also hard to prevent completely drafts at floor level where air is moving.

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, one elderly cat,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 


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Her name is Sweetie Belle (named after My Little Pony, lol). She was my favorite from the very beginning and still is! She loves to be petted and sits on my lap. 😀

Aww... Sweetie Belle is the cutest chicken name ever! She sounds like a nice bird, but probably not as nice as my girl Pumpkin!
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