Do you put roosts in your brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Avonshire, May 31, 2012.

  1. janinepeters

    janinepeters Songster

    Jun 9, 2009
    Instead of a roosting bar, I put small logs (pieces of firewood) right on the floor of the brooder, starting at 2 wks of age. I start with about 2 inch diameter logs, then increase gradually, so they gradually exercise their legs/wings. Right now I have 2.5 wk old bantams and a 4-5 inch diameter log in the brooder. The added benefit to logs is you can get a new piece from the wood pile everyday, so it never gets poopy, and each one, with different bark and lichens, is a bit of a novelty. They love to peck at the bark and lichens, which helps keep them from pecking at each other. If you try this, just make sure there are no sharp edges where they can cut their feet. I sand the cut edges of each piece of firewood, and use whole logs rather than split pieces of wood, so the chicks won't get splinters.
  2. MarieNC

    MarieNC Songster

    May 10, 2010
    I gave my girls a very low roost made for parrots, and they took to it right away. It only put them about two inches off the ground, but they went up there every night, So cute.
  3. Avonshire

    Avonshire Songster

    May 7, 2012
    Laurens, SC
    I put a 2x2 in there and they do like to sit on it. However at almost 5 weeks they have decided the top of the brooder is a good perch! lol! I do have a lid but up until now I have not needed!
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I keep a practice roost in my brooder from day one. Helps them to learn to roost faster than they would otherwise.

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