Build a better perch - your thoughts?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Country Heart, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Build a better perch - your thoughts?

    I would like to build my girls a new perch. In the past I have used a recycled closet rod and a natural tree branch. The tree branch has worked the best for me so far. Do you think I should use another branch, or try some other material? I only have four girls, so this is a small project, but it will mean a lot to them.

    I have seen pvc used, but this seems a bit slippery.
    I have read that rounded 2x4 work, do they sit on the 4 side or the 2?

    What materials have you used successfully in your roosts?
  2. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    I had the boards across, and they sat on there but noticed they kept moving on/off as in maybe there feet hurt??? so I went around our yard, we live on 4 acres and got different size branches....then over there coop inside, but infront of there ventilation area....I put the roost, of course they werent long enough on most, but I hung them from above, and then to brace them together I tied them they could go from one to another. And then I braced them to the coop with rope again.

    THEY LOVE IT!!! and now they dont/wont use the roost ladder or the other roost.

  3. aussieheelr

    aussieheelr Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use 2x4 with the 4" side for them to roost on... However only about 5-8 use the actual roost, the rest ( I have 18 total) get onto the trusses and prefur the 2". Don't know if it's because it's higher or if they really like the 2" compaired to the 4".
  4. Nhbluebird

    Nhbluebird Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2009
    Central NH
    I use 2x4x8 with the 4 side up. I have two of these for them to roost on and they will all squeeze onto the top one. I have 13 chickens and 1 large roo.
  5. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I have read on here that they prefer something at least as wide as the wide side of a 2x4. It also helps them keep their feet warm in winter; prevents frostbitten toes. I've also read of people saying their chickens seemed to rest better after switching to a wide roost board.
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    In California I am not sure it matters a lot which side of the 2x4 you use. Mine seem to like 5-6" diameter dead tree branches as much as the wide side of a 2x4. You could try several different materials and see where they like it best, why not if it's a project [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I use 2x4's, and they use the 4" side to roost on. In the colder weather, they can snuggle down over the top of their feet to keep them warm. I think anything wide works, though!
  8. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    A have 15 large breeds so I wanted something that would not slump over a 7-8' span so I used landscaping timbers. Nice smooth edges and as wide as the 2 x 4's everyone uses. Home depot has them on sale for $1.98 ea. right now in WV.

    Last edited: Sep 17, 2009
  9. MtnAngel

    MtnAngel Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2009
    Dahlonega, Georgia


    My DH and I just went into the woods and found some really great young trees that had fallen in an Ice storm a few years ago! Works well... we made sure they were large enough so this winter the chickens will be able to cover their feet!
  10. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    Quote:Good idea!

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