Chickens roosting in rafter of coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by halleyd591, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. halleyd591

    halleyd591 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2017
    Statesville, NC
    My coop is about 4' high. All of my girls (except my silkies) roost in the rafters which are 2x4s- 2" side up. They seem to have no problem balancing or getting up there as I have different branches (intended for them to roost on) at different levels providing a "ladder". I have read that the square 2" side isn't the best, but it's what they prefer. Any suggestions?
  2. justoldbobo2

    justoldbobo2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2013
    Jena , Louisiana
    They usually get where they want in my opinion. I have a few that roost in my Windows up against the wire on 2x4 flat side. On the opposite side from the roost with other chickens.
  3. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2013
    Northwest Hills of CT
    I think the flat side up is more for cold winters so they can cover their feet with their feathers. In warmer weather it won't make much difference. If they like it, you are good to go!
  4. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2016
    NW Missouri
    Most breeds will roost as high as they are able. Its an old defense strategy to keep from being eaten by predators when they sleep. I've used 2x4s "roosting on the 2'' side" for roosts for decades seems to be the right size for large breeds.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    The size or squareness of roost doesn't really matter....being able to get down without crashing into something in a small coop is most important IMO.
    As well as whether maybe freezing drafts might hit them up that high in the winter, depending on where in NC you are and how your ventilation is set up.
    And last, but not least for some, is if this is interfering with your night poop management scheme.

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