Bantam Cochin roost question


Star Bright Farm
11 Years
Jul 24, 2008
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.
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.
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!

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