best material for roosting poles?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Madrone, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Madrone

    Madrone In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2011
    I am currently using a variety of different diameter branches in my new coop, but from what I have been reading on here, it sounds like 2x4's may be the best choice? The branches look cool, [​IMG], but if the girls would like 2x4's better, so be it. Thoughts? And how far from the wall is best?

  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I use nice, thick branches as well and I found the gals like them much better than the 2x4s. I place mine about a foot from the wall and from each other and also implement different levels and angles so that the birds have many choices of roosting comfort.
  3. frostbite

    frostbite Songster

    Sep 27, 2011
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    As a total rookie who doesn't even have chicks yet, but having read Chickens for Dummies and Storey's Guide, I've decided to use 2x4s, and rotate them twice a year. They will be upright during the warmer months, so their perches are 1.5 inches wide, and in the winter when I have to plug in the electric heated water dish I'll rotate them 90 degrees so that they sit flatter on the 3.5 inch side, so their feathers can protect their toes from frostbite.
  4. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    I prefer branches. You have to get nice thick ones so they can 'sit' on them instead of wrap their toes around them. They love them, at least I like to think they do. [​IMG] Mine were around 4" across, and I had big birds like Cochins and Rocks.

  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    closet pole size. That is in the brooder and 2 outside perches
  6. backwoodschick

    backwoodschick In the Brooder

    Sep 29, 2011
    East TN
    we used a 2x2 that runs the center of our coop they love it and dont seem to have a problem covering their feet, have plans for redesign so that the girls use more of the coop as of now the tend to stay toward the front of it.

    Outside I use to half cinder blocks I had laying around and an old piece of 4x4 my girls love to use the balance beam. I also have a log in there that the kinda like seems I use it more to just sit on and spend time with them.

  7. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Songster

    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    Most agree 2 x 4 works great... I used landscaping timbers in my last coop but choose 2 x 4 in the new one for the light weight. I like both because it is easy on the feet and warm in the winter. I wanted light weight on the new roost so it could be on hinges and be towed up toward the ceiling for easy cleaning underneath.


  8. Hens & Hounds

    Hens & Hounds Songster

    May 11, 2011
    We used Trex composite decking boards for ours only because they were 5 bucks a piece at our Lowe's at the time as someone must have canceled an order, I don 't know...but we got very lucky. We have a very weird mixed flock & w/ 3 silkie's I was afraid they would fall so the poop boards are like literally right under the roosts, but they do use the ramp & roost right on the boards sitting on their feet which hopefully will keep them warm in winter. The boards are nice as they don't have splinters, rot or harbor insects. I think it is a matter of preference, what one has on hand & what one can afford to's really totally up to you [​IMG]
  9. goldtopper

    goldtopper Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Near Bert Blyleven
    2 x 4's for me. I'm in a frigid climate and they can flatten out to warm their little feets!

  10. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    I use 2x2x8. I don't need to cut it (well, other than for the length). It's cheap and perfect size for my flock.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by