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Apple tree branches as roosts?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by amysflock, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. amysflock

    amysflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a big old ladder-type roost that takes up too much interior floor space, and I'd like to remove it this weekend and replace it with poles or 2x4s or something else.

    We have a bunch of old apple and fir branches in our pasture (the cows have destroyed the apple trees!)...any reason why I wouldn't be ok using a few branches fresh out of the pasture for roosts, provided they're thick enough?

    Thanks!
     
  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say as long as they are 5-6 inches in diameter they should work. As you probably have read numerous times on here just make sure the birds can cover their feet in cold weather while roosting.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    You might want to take the bark off first, because it'll come off eventually anyhow and by taking it off right away you avoid cleanliness and mite-hiding-places issues.

    Should work great, though - apple is totally nontoxic, and wide-ish tree branches work well

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  4. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    If they haven't been sprayed recently they should be great! We give them to our parrots because of there nutritional value.
     

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