*Coop space importance*- Roosts or floor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BarredCometLaced, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is more important: Roost space or floor space?

    What is the roost space per bird recommended? How about nest boxes to hens ratio?
     
  2. riverchicks

    riverchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    floor space
    12" per bird for roost space (can get by with less, especially if you have smaller breeds)
    4 hens to a nest box
     
  3. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Floor space!!!

    They will all cram up on the roost(s) and some will prefer to sleep on the floor.

    I have a roost that is 11 feet long, and they all prefer to bunch up on one side leaving almost a quarter of the roost empty.

    Sometimes 2-3 chickens (lower on the pecking order) will sit on the "other" end of the roost.


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  4. TheJuan-n-Only

    TheJuan-n-Only Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
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    Quote:x2!!! Some of mine slept in the rafters when they were smaller (small head room, so they no longer fit there), now the all sleep in 1 roost all bunched up leaving about 5' or 6' free! lol
     
  5. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
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    Roost space with lots of outdoor space, but that's just me.
     
  6. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I asked a while back about roost space and the unanimous consensus was that no matter how much roost you provide, they always use less. We'll have 10' for 12 chickens but could add a little more if we have to. In our current coop we have 6' and they all fit but it's looking very crowded lately.
     
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  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Roost space is always important. Figure about 12" roost width per chicken. No, they won't use all of that all the time, but there is always squabbling and jockeying for position at night as the flock settles in. If the girls are crowded, then the squabbling could turn into serious pecking/bloodshed which means problems for you as the chicken keeper.

    Floor space is also important if your flock will ever be confined inside the coop during daytime in periods of bad weather (severe winter, for example). But if you live someplace where the flock will be able to go outside every day during daylight hours (and you'll always be there to let them out in the morning, or have an automatic door), then floor space inside the coop is less important.

    It's usually suggested to allow for 1 nestbox for every 3 or 4 hens, but they do like to lay in a single nest no matter how many you put in.
     
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 40 square feet of coop, 6 feet tall at the tallest, 15X15 run and a 4X8 sand box under the coop for 7 hens and a rooster. Whenever that take a chill out minute that's where they go. Matter of fact that's where they spend most of their time. The feeder is outside so all the eating is outside. So far mine seem content, that is except for one of the RIR's thinking she's the boss. Just one of um does all the chasing.
     
  9. deannabirr

    deannabirr Out Of The Brooder

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    nice to know other chickens all crowd together like mine do. They all squish up next to each other on one end
     
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    If you ask me, I'll say floor space. If you ask my chickens, they will say roost space. My chickens DO NOT like being crowded on the roost for some reason. They hate it. They will peck the next chicken until that chicken scoots away from them leaving them some space between the 2 of them. I have no idea why all of them do it. [​IMG]
     

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