Do your chickens roost in your eaves?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by taprock, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens are making me crazy. They love to roost in the eaves and of course poop there where it is impossible to clean. I want to close them off so they can't get up there but my eaves all have a two inch space for ventilation and I don't want them totally closed. Has anyone had to deal with chickens in the eaves? Any great solutions?
  2. angie3881

    angie3881 Chillin' With My Peeps

    During the day? I don't think my chickens are still for a minute during the day. Do they go in a coop at night? One person on here has a signature that says "Then God said to the chicken... go forth and poop on everything." It cracks me up and pretty much says it all. Chickens are messy. I have no issues with my eves, though. Just every other surface of 3 acres.

    At work, we had to put some sticky caulk type of stuff on our awning to deter pigeons. They don't like to get their feet sticky. Maybe something like that would work. Or a big decoy of some sort up there?
  3. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2010
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Hi, Yes I have two little Seabrights my wife got me that refuse to roost with the big girls and fly up to the top wall plate and roost between the rafters. Plan to fasten some hardware cloth between all of the rafters to stop them from having access.
  4. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska
    My Icelandics like to be as high as they can get, so that means the rafters of their current coop. If you don't want them up there your only option is probably to cover it. Like Erik says, some hardware cloth, or even chicken wire, will allow airflow. Good Luck
  5. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    They roost at night up there. I put up netting to keep them out. They tore it out. I put up chicken wire. They bent it so they could sneak in behind it. At least they are good at sneaking in and not out.
  6. TheJuan-n-Only

    TheJuan-n-Only Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
    You mean like this?

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    Good thing is that she is now grown and can't fit up there any more! lol Good luck!
  7. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here is what they have done.
  8. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2010
    Slidell, Louisiana
    taprock, Go with heavier wire. i.e. Hardware cloth or 1" x 1" welded wire. Measure the distance between rafters, cut your wire about 4" wider, bend each end 2" and fasten to rafters with staples, washer headed screws, etc.... You won't have the problem any longer. Good luck.
  9. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2011
    New Hampshire
    too funny, we are in process of building coop for chicks to arrive tomorrow [​IMG]

    I was inspecting hubby's beautiful work and we were talking about how/where to put the roosts when it occured to me they might roost up there, I can see it now!
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2011
  10. Weiden Farm

    Weiden Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2011
    we had the same issue. We were seeing chicken poo outside the coop under the eves and we were wondering how they were doing taht

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