1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

  1. comp6512

    comp6512 Songster

    152
    1
    121
    Dec 3, 2008
    We are in the process of finishing up the coup. Chicks are three weeks old, so they'll need a new home soon. We have Buff Orpintongs, which are supposed to grow to be a large bird.

    Which board is better - 2x4 or 2x6 for their roosts?
     

  2. labhaven

    labhaven In the Brooder

    33
    0
    22
    Aug 6, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I think a 2x4 would be better than a 2.6. That extra 2 inches under their butt will catch a lot of poo! [​IMG]
     
  3. Marbleheader

    Marbleheader Songster

    117
    1
    129
    Oct 18, 2009
    Marblehead, MA
    Quote:Catching extre poo on the roosts could be a good or bad thing, depending on what's underneath (poop board or feeder/waterer).
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    10,684
    116
    321
    May 13, 2008
    Oh I think either would be fine, the 4"s are cheaper if thats an issue.

    AL
     
  5. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers In the Brooder

    86
    1
    31
    Sep 7, 2009
    2x3 is even cheaper.
     
  6. twentynine

    twentynine Songster

    1,735
    26
    161
    Jun 14, 2009
    For roost I cut a 2X4 in half making a 2X2. Spans across the 4' wide coop, no sagging. Make sure you pick a 2X4 with few small knots before you rip it.
     
  7. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Songster

    959
    27
    143
    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    I have Buff Orpingtons and decided to make mine out of landscaping timbers. They are about the same width as a 2 x 4 and much thicker. they make a nice roost for heavey breed and they are cheaper as well.

    [​IMG]
     

  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    12,520
    154
    341
    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you live in a mild climate, it does not matter hugely whether you use 2", 3" or 4" wide lumber. 6" is overkill though... won't *hurt* the birds, but will catch a lot more poo, and there are lots more useful ways to put a 2x6 to work [​IMG]

    If you live up north, I would not go narrower than 4" (well, nominal... so that's really 3.5") because even Orps need to be able to cover their big ol' feet with their tummy feathers to keep them warm on January nights.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by