A new roost for my chooks! PIC!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenannie, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had help to put this together (roost is on the right, nest is on the left). Does anyone know if I should paint the new roost with linseed oil or something to keep mites off of it? The wood was all salvaged.

    Also, the roost comes out easily (the 2 bales of hay keep it in place) but is there something I can do to make cleaning it out easier? I put lots of hay down, but what do the rest of you do?

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  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    nice set up! [​IMG]
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    They look nice! I've heard of some who "paint" their roosts with a white wash mixture of DE (I guess just DE mixed in water?).
     
  4. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    The only thing I could think of that would make it easy to clean out would be put a hinge on the top edge of the ladder and when clean up time comes, lift it and hook it to the roof ....out of the way and if you spray out your barn, THE ladder gets it too!!!!
     
  5. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen a lot of people using poop boards under the roosts so the majority of the poo can be scraped off easily. When we build our dream coop I would like to have a roost like that, nice job.
     
  6. You coop looks very nice. Your chickens should enjoy their home.
     
  7. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice coop. I don't see much I would change.
    I do have a question I see light coming in under the eaves next to the roost. 1. Is this opening covered to keep predators outs? 2. In the cold months you may want to block this opening off to keep the draft off the birds while they roost.
    Are the nest boxes anchored to the shelf or wall? Heavy breeds will bring that down when they jump up on the perches.
     
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  8. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. I think the building itself is very old -- maybe even 100 years old -- and I'm guessing it was built for chickens or pigeons because it has 2 doors on the front (people sized) plus 2 tiny doors up top. It was an old junk shed and we cleaned it out. I almost hate to put the birds in cause it will get all poopy!! The suggestion of a poop board is good though. I'll just lay one down under the hay under the roost I guess.

    I don't think predators can get in that opening... once I saw a possum there, but it was because I had stuff leaning against the outside that he was able to jump up on and then just crawl in through the crack. Now that I've taken all the external stuff away, an animal would have to climb a straight wall 5 feet up to get in there.

    I'll have to attach the nest box better so it doesn't fall over.

    Yay, hopefully will put in action within a week! [​IMG]
     
  9. kman

    kman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nice setup, you may end up having to lower your nestbox as they are higher than most of the roost and chickens try to get as high as possible to roost, they may also roost on your self. just a couple of thoughts but their is only one way to know for sure and that is to try it, but i wanted you to have an idea if this did happen why it was happening, when mine started roosting in my nestboxes all i could do was scratch my head and say i built them a perfectly good roosting area and they wont even use it, made me kinda mad to tell you the truth,but got it all worked out now. good building ought work great for you
     
  10. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. The nest boxes have a bar that I can push up in the evenings to keep them from roosting inside. That is my plan -- I hope it works!
     

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