Quote:I use 8' 2x4's, mounted wide side up. Thought I'd like to use a ladder, but my hoop coop doesn't lend itself to that style of roost. I always thought, too, that my birds would compete for the highest roost. Sooo, with space at a premium, I did a gurly thing: I dug out some old 3/4 PVC pipe, drilled 7/8" holes through the flat side of my 2x at either end, laid it on the ground where it was to be, pounded 18" of 3' rebar through the holes and into the ground, and then put my 30" lengths of PVC pipe through the holes over the rebar. Then I lifted up the 2x4roost so that the top of the 2x was flush with the top of the PVC and screwed through the edge of the roost into the PVC pipe. To keep the whole roost from lifting off from PVC supports, I pounded in a stake adjacent to its edge, and fastened the edge of the roost onto the stake. Voilà, a practically instant freestanding roost. My construction guy says it is a good idea, good for a hoop coop with an earth floor and diminished overhead space. And my birds do use it, especially at night. The birds on the OTHER side of my hoop coop go into a deck box at night, all 12 of them plus two roosters. They COULD use roosts, but they like huddling in the deck box. And in one other deck box, they lay their eggs.
In another old, conventional coop, my birds roost on high overhead 2x4's mounted to joists, on the edge of nesting boxes, on top of the nesting boxes, on top of the rain barrel, and especially on shelves where they can knock everything asunder.
Just saying: you can't really tell who is going to like what, and they can be flexible. Just be sure that they have enough space and that they can stay comfortably perched throughout the night.