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Do your meat chickens have roosts in their coop???

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Willow's Meadow, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I might get some meat chickens this summer but I don't know much about them. I wasn't sure if I should put roosts in their coop or not if I get them. Do you have roosts for you meat chickens in their coop???
     
  2. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Pepperell,MA
    I personally don't raise them but I would'nt think you should because they could possibly break there legs while jumping down because they weigh so much.
     
  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience only the very old meat birds will roost. I have a couple hens that I use for eggs and they roost with the leghorns. I also have many younger Freedom Rangers and the "roost" on the ground.
     
  5. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i did put a couple of small branches in the brooder for my cornish x chicks to play on and entertain themselves. but when they get bigger, their legs are probably the frailest part of them, so no roosts. maybe freedom rangers, a more active bird could use a low to the ground one, but i am not sure
     
  6. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    Washington State
    All of my meat birds, including Cornish X roosted after they were four months old. My Rangers roosted long before that. None of them ever broke a leg or got breast blisters from roosting and they did it long term.

    Here's a pic of my meat breeding birds at about 8 months as you can see they are roosting.

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