Sometimes I come home late from work..and my chickens are already roosting in the barn but they choose a metal 3 ft high hay feeder as their roosting spot instead of the wood fence inside the barn. I know they love the edge of a 2x4 to roost on cause that's what they roost on in their coop even though I made them some very nice roosts from tree branches at multiple heights. I'm wondering about making a hanging roost from the ceiling although the swinging movement would probably make them not like it. Is there a certain height that chickens like? I know they have trouble sometimes getting up on the one in their coop...I didn't make it for them, I made it as a divider when I was having chicken squabbles and it was a way to separate the offenders. Has anyone tried making a roost basically as a safety backup? Can you teach a chicken what to do in case of emergency? lol I wish!