Bantam Cochin roost question

shelleyb1969

Star Bright Farm
11 Years
Jul 24, 2008
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Brown City, Michigan (Thumb)
I've read on here that a lot of people use 2x4's for roosts in the winter. Well, I've got 11 bantam cochin chicks and I'm getting the coop set up for the winter. Is a 1x3 strong enough to support them? I will have 3 roosts available, so hopefully they all won't get on the same one. Also, each roost is only 4 feet long. I saw these at the lumber yard today...they'd definitely be easier to handle/install, plus much lighter weight.
 

SGM

Songster
11 Years
Aug 18, 2008
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Easley, SC
I would think it is. I use old branches for roosts. I have 8 RIRs on one. I have them in abundance though. Goats even clean them of bark for me so all I have to do is go collect them and cut down the length.
 

Hangin Wit My Peeps

AutumnBreezeChickens.com
11 Years
Apr 20, 2008
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Birnamwood, Wisconsin
One thing I learned...keep all the roosts at the same height or they will ALL roost on the top one
All 15 of mine roost on the same roost pole...crazy chickens! One is totally empty!
 

Fudgie

Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?
11 Years
Sep 10, 2008
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North Central Missouri boonies
A friend of mine made a roost for his cochins that looks like a ladder but a WIDE ladder that way all of them can roost but not one is on top of the other. It is really slick!
 

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