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Most chickens have a natural instinct to sleep on the highest thing they can get on. Occasionally you have some that won’t but almost always they do. That’s why you need roosts higher than the nests, to keep them from sleeping in the nests. They poop a lot when they sleep.
Welcome! I use saplings/ tree branches, 3" to 4" diameter, bark on, as roosts. Many people use 2x4's, also good. My roosts are anywhere from three to eight feet high (4" fence post rafters!) and are used by both my bantams and the big birds. I also have way more than 12" per bird, so much less arguing over space at night. Mary
Well.....my idea isn't working. I used 2x4 on edge, about a foot in front and a few inches higher than the nest lip and they still prefer the nest boxes or front lip to roost. I'm using a nest box/feed hanger design which may make the perches too high. I added a 5 gal bucket with vertical nipples but even as high as I could hang it isn't really high enough for them to drink comfortably. They have to squat a bit and crane their necks.