building roosts with dropping boards

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Herself, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Herself

    Herself Out Of The Brooder

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    How far from the wall should my roosts be? My chickens are B.R. s. Also what is a good height? This is a walk in hen house so they could be fairly high. I plan to have removable dropping boards underneath the roost so if I put the roost at about 3 1/2 to 4 feet with the board about a foot under that would they need a ladder or could they hop to the dropping board & then to the roost?

    Herself
    Mother of one grown daughter & one wonderful Westie boy.
     
  2. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the set up you have in mind. You can see it on my BYC page. I do have a ramp to the roost that was added after the pictures were taken. With heavy breed's like BR's which I have also, it's no so much getting up on roost, but getting down safely from a good height. My roost is 3.5 ft high and 1ft away from the wall. My droppings board is 8 inches below the roost.

    So, getting up is not the problem, most chickens can fly quite high to get to a good roosting spot. It's the dropping down to a firm or slippery surface that could be problematic, but to a minor degree.
     

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