Originally Posted by circlehouse
So on another note, what material for roosts is best? About to build the roosts and poop boards. Thanks!
In my opinion wood is by far the best material for roosts. It’s not slick like metal or plastic, and it’s a good insulator. Metal and plastic are not good insulators so they can take heat away from the feet. For me, I want the roosts to be made from wood.
You can get a lot of different opinions on what wood. Some people firmly believe that the chickens need a flat surface to roost on to keep their feet warm. Others believe their toes are more comfortable if they can curl around a round roost. I experimented with tree limbs, 2x4’s flat and 2x4’s on edge. From what I observed the chickens themselves don’t care, they can all work. But some people care a lot.
My temperatures rarely get much below zero Fahrenheit, so I don’t experience the cold some others do. I’ve never had any frostbite problems on chicken’s feet with my tree limbs or the 2x4 on edge. Centrarchid had some nice photos that showed the chickens’ feathers covering their feet when they are wrapped around a tree limb. I’ve seen the same thing, the chicken fluffs up when it settles down on the roost when it’s cold and the toes are covered.
2X4’s flat work just fine. You’ll probably make a lot of people happy if you use 2x4’s and install them flat.