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Crossed Roosts- Asking For Pooed-on Birds?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ltkauffee, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. ltkauffee

    ltkauffee New Egg

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    Hi everyone! I am trying to put enough roost space in my new coop while leaving enough floor space open for the birds to fly down in the morning. I just put up a roost that is higher than the two others and crosses over them, but now I am standing back scratching my head, wondering if I am going to wind up with a bunch of crapped-on hens? Thoughts?
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  2. ltkauffee

    ltkauffee New Egg

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    Pic of the (unfinished) outside, just for fun...

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  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess is yes you will have hens with poopy backs.

    I might suggest designing something so hens can't sit under the higher roosts.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Personally I’d leave it and see what happens. If you have a problem you can deal with it. If you don’t have a problem, you don’t have a problem.
     
  5. adkhunter1590

    adkhunter1590 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a similar design issue going on in my brooder area for my newest flock. I tacked up a few roost bars for them to get used to climbing around on them when they were little. Now that they are about 5-6 weeks old and off the heat lamp they have begun roosting on the highest bar at night now. They all get up on the same one so pooping on each other hasn't been a problem. Mine is set up for babies at the moment so I will be reconfiguring this area shortly to accommodate their growth. But in the end no one has pooped on each other.



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