Foldaway roosts - why didn't I think of it before?!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by debid, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    It's always been a challenge with the 4x8 hutch design we have to balance roost space with my ability to get inside should I need to. I finally figured out how I could mount roosts to a single wall and still have them easy to get out of my way.

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    They're on Stanley folding shelf brackets and I attached some scrap wood to the wall so I wasn't limited to installing them where the studs are. I now have six roosts all running the same direction rather than two running perpendicular. More space for them, easier fly-hop down, and fewer squabbles (hopefully) as the youngsters merge into the flock and are looking for a roosting place. Each roost folds down against the wall independently so I can easily have them out of my way. [​IMG]
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good idea. :thumbsup
     
  3. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clever solution!

    Here is another way of doing fold up roosts......taken from coop plans from 100 years ago (just so show not much is new). Basically a ladder style that pivots in the back to fold up and out of the way for cleaning. Two roost, but both on the same level. ALWAYS on the same level. In this set of plans, these would normally rest on the droppings board below.......with nest boxes....actually trap nest boxes...... below that and open scratch floor below that. A way to max out the use of limited space. Also shown towards the back, is a broody coop. These old coops had it all!

    Also shown, but not recognizable as such, is a complicated solution to the ventilation problem. Space between the rafters is open, and a small vent board in the back would drop down to open up airflow as needed. With a droppings board below and boards above, birds on the roost were in a pocket of dead air. A way to gain ventilation, free of any drafts.

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