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

    Sep 12, 2011
    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?
  2. ltkauffee

    ltkauffee New Egg

    Sep 12, 2011
    Pic of the (unfinished) outside, just for fun...

  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    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 True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2015
    Albany, NY
    My Coop
    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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