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2x4 Roost - Comfortable?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BawkinOnTheBench, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. BawkinOnTheBench

    BawkinOnTheBench Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read lots of places that chickens prefer the flat roost, and that it's better for cold climates, which we have. So this weekend we replace the 2" diameter branch we had with a 2x4, wide side up. But I'm wondering if the girls really like it. We have a monitor in the coop, and since we replaced it, I hear them moving all night long. Could they be uncomfortable? Should I put some sort of rough surface on the wood - it's pretty smooth.
     
  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I have several different size boards in our coops. Most all my chickens prefer the 4" side.
    I have the large Jersey Giants down to bantam Cochins and Silkies and I have roosts from tree limbs as round as my thumb on up to the 2" and 4" boards. Only the birds that get pushed off and can't find the right spot to get back on will sleep on something else.
    And of course, everybody wants the top bunk even though the other roosts are up just as high, they compete for that 4" top board.
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Mine have a 2x4 roost and do just fine on it. Maybe yours were just shuffling as they got used to the new width.
     
  4. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Like getting a new mattress! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    It probably just feels different. Chickens are not a big fan of different!
     
  6. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Quote:Like a baby monitor?!?! :eek:
     
  7. BawkinOnTheBench

    BawkinOnTheBench Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Like a baby monitor?!?! :eek:

    OK, so maybe we're a little paranoid and maybe our chickens are just a little bit spoiled!
     
  8. NMbirds

    NMbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, that's not paranoid, just a little indulgent. I've heard of people with web cams in their coops so they can both watch and hear. Now that is going the extra mile! I am not that far along yet, thank goodness.
     
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I am! [​IMG]
     
  10. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you get your chickens to sign a permission before you wiretapped 'em?
     

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