Do cattle roost?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by BBQJOE, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking about getting a few calves and building a pen.
    Do they need a roost too?
     
  2. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha that's funny
     
  3. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

    Yes, but they need roosts at least 6 inches wide so their hoofs do not get frostbite. The roost should be at least 3 ft off the ground.
     
  4. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    I read it should be no higher than 2 & 1/2". You don't want them falling and breaking legs. Then you'd have a situation worse than frostbite
     
  5. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member


    Are you raising hatchery cattle or Breeder cattle? You will find the hatchery cattle lack some of the natural skills of breeder cows.
     
  6. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    None at the moment. The coops weren't big enough.
    But I guess that does make more sense. I'll take that into serious consideration when I do get them.
     
  7. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm mostly concerned with the strength of the roost, and whether they can keep their balance.
    Will I need a poop board?
     
  8. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    Duluthralphie would probably know better than I. But I would say yes, their poo does splat so much, the board would keep most of it down.
     
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  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    What about diapers overnight??? My grandson is almost house trained now, but experience has shown diapers over night is the way to go
    for now!
     
  10. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Joe I found that cows prefer sleeping up in trees like they do in the wild so you will need to cut down all your trees so the cow hawks and owls dont eat all your cows.
     

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