2 week old chicks needing a roost!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kybeagle, May 22, 2010.

  1. kybeagle

    kybeagle Songster

    Feb 24, 2010
    The chicks are wanting to set on top of the waterer or on top of the feeders. I have 21 chicks in a brooder that is 3 ft. wide, 8 ft. long and 2 ft. tall; which seems to be large enough right now but the chicks seem like they are wanting something to stand on. Does anyone have pics that they could post which will give me an idea on what I should build to put in the brooder. I thought I would put a couple roost in each end of the brooder! Thanks!
  2. justcorn

    justcorn Hatching

    Mar 29, 2010
    I just did the same thing for our 3 week old chicks. They were showing that they needed to roost, so I just cut some srap 1x2 that I had laying around. We are using a galvanized water trough, it is 24 inches wide so i cut my 1x2s just a bit larger so they wedge between the sides, and I can place them anywhere I need. sorry no pics... Justin
  3. bubbazmommy

    bubbazmommy Songster

    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, ME
    Our brooder has hardware cloth sides so I put two dowel rods through the holes and ziptied around the dowel on the outside of the brooder to keep it from slipping.
  4. rainierlass

    rainierlass Songster

    Jan 1, 2010
    I just threw a couple together using some scrap wood also - they loved them - they went out to the enclosed coop and used them til they were about 8 weeks or so.....or I should say until they were WAYYYYYY too big for them!


  5. hd_darcy

    hd_darcy Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    I love this idea! I have a "dumb" question... Do the chickens just like to be higher off the ground? Is that the point of a roost? It doesnt' matter that their feet aren't wrapped around what they are standing on? Thanks!
  6. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Songster

    Quote:[​IMG] I had to jump in! darcy, Please don't ever feel a question is dumb. Every question gives an education to someone once it is answered correctly. So, asking questions is SMART![​IMG] Chickens, like most birds, need a variety of things to stand on. higher,wider, all of different varieties, so they can move around doing their bird thing. Different size boards & branches help their feet from getting cramped.( I learned this advice about caged birds)~ makes sense, to me, & it can't hurt to give them some variety.
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I did something similar to Rainierlass. I took two scrap pieces of 2x4 about 6 to 8" long, turned them on edge so the top was about 3-1/2" high, and screwed a strip of wood about an inch wide to those. I sanded it just enough to get rid of the splinters. It probably took longer to carry it to the brooder than to put it together. Two scrap pieces of 2x4, one scrap strip of wood, and two screws.

    You can knock something rough together or you can painstakenly build a work of art, whatever your inclinations are. The chicks will be happy with either.

    Good luck!
  8. sreihart

    sreihart Songster

    I have 4-day old chicks and one of them insists on climbing up the thermometer in the brooder. I decided that she wanted to roost so last night I decided to build a quick roost for them to play around on. I found an old broom stick and some scrap pieces of lumber lying around so it was basically free. Here's what I came up with:



    It's probably a little high for them at this point but one of them likes climbing around on it. Chicks are so much fun and I'm having a blast with them!
  9. Orp

    Orp In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2010
    Northern Illinois
    What about when they are in their coop? Is there an ideal height or spacing for the roost?

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