1. Terrace

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    If I use a 2X4 for a roost do I need to round it off?
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    You need to smooth it yes and make sure to use the 4" side for the chickens to sit on.
     
  3. Terrace

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    Thanks
     
  4. J at Yoti Farms

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    Why do you need to round it off?
     
  5. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't want them injuring their feet on splintery edges...then bumblefoot can set in.
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

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  7. RJSorensen

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    If you can select a new, clean 2 x 4 of the length you wish there is no reason to do anything to it what so ever. If it is a old ratty looking thing, then perhaps some hand work would be required. Just pick a nice one, usually there are plenty to select from. Bumble Foot is not fun, but you won't be getting it from a new board, that you have chosen for your flock.

    Best to you and your birds,

    RJ
     
  8. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mostly agree with RJ. Most 2x4's (or lumber in general) have edges that are already quite rounded enough. However, if you happen to get one with a square edge, with an actual 90-degree pointy corner, then I would round that off, just to be on the safe side.
     
  9. Terrace

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    Was thinking round like the top of a large tree limb. If flat works I am good with that.
     
  10. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, you don't have to round it. Just use the 4" side for them to roost on. Better for them.
     

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