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Branches or 2x4's?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SassyKat6181, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Need ideas for roosts....what do you find they like the best? Should I also make mini roosts for the chicks in the brooder. I remember when I got my parrot that we had to teach him to perch. [​IMG]
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I'm not sure what your climate is like, Sassy, but I would recommend 2x4 boards, with the broad side up. That way, if it's cold, your chickens can sit on their feet, which helps them to avoid frostbite.

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  3. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good thought...thanks! We are in Western Mass, so it does get fairly cold here in the winter. The barn is partially below ground, so it doesn't usually go below 20 degrees at it's coldest. Being that I am getting the chicks next week, I think I will put a light in the coop over the winter once they are ready. I know I like a little extra warmth on a cold day.[​IMG]
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:Sounds like a great idea! [​IMG]
     
  5. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    We always use large diameter branches. At least 2-3 inch thick. In the winter time they are still able to cover their feet. Round perches are better for their feet. I would personally never make them sit on a board. It's just not how their feet are made. Would they sit on a board in the wild? I certainly don't want to sound like I'm knocking other peoples opinions though, These are just my opinions on the matter.
    ETA: We do provide a 1" dia. dowell perch in our brooder boxes. Necessary? Maybe not. In my way of thinking it helps to keep them from perching on the waterer and feeder. They usually don't start to use them until they are about 2- 4 weeks of age.
     
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  6. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed that 2X4s are the way to go. Chicken's feet are different than most birds. They can grasp a round perch but not as easily as other birds. Look at your parrot's foot to see the difference.
    As to the roost in the brooder I'd advise against it. Young birds keel is still cartilage & it can be deformed by roosting too early.
     
  7. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I saw a pic in the brooder post and they had made small roosts for the chicks, just didn't know if it was necessary. Does anyone else have input on flat vs. round?
     
  8. kichohana

    kichohana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2x4 roosts in my coop and run - the edges are beveled at a slight angle so they're not totally flat but there is plenty of surface area for their big fluffy butts to perch at night. In their run I also have a beveled 2x4 and some tree branches for them to move about on. For their daily tight-rope routines, they seem to prefer the branches. Maybe it's because there are more branches than 2x4 in the run. [​IMG]
     
  9. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use both.[​IMG]
     
  10. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use small trees, 2"-3" in diameter. I use them because they're free. The birds like them real well too. [​IMG]
     

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