Good ideas for run roosts?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LunaChickie, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. LunaChickie

    LunaChickie Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking of putting in some type of stump at a few different heights but I have no idea where to even look for such a thing. Any other ideas I could use to get some 'up out of the way' spaces? I have recently been introducing a new hen (yes, I know, one is hard..believe me I know...) and I feel like getting some better 'up' spots might help curb some anxiety in her and boredom in the rest.

    What do you use for off the ground spaces?
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Old wooden chair, wooden ladders...Bench, and Stumps.....Contact someone who sells firewood....They might have stumps?

    Cheers!
     
  3. LunaChickie

    LunaChickie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the ideas!
     
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure how your run is set up but mine is chain link, so we just get branches and jam them in the corners using the chain link as support. You can also do things like setting up 2 sawhorses or wood ladders with branches spanning the gap, I've seen many photos of people with set ups like that. Doesn't have to be anything fancy - chickens aren't that picky!
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    My flock is in love with their play house: pallet supported by 2 bales of hay.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I do much the same.....
    ...2x4 welded wire for run walls/roof and 2x2's jammed in across corners for roosts...
    ....also big 'Y' shaped branch, with 2 ends stuck thru wire wall and single leg resting on a concrete block sitting tall (16").

    Mind to keep your run roosts lower than the roosts in the coop, or they may decide sleeping in the run is preferable as the highest place possible.
     
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  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You could contact a local tree service to see about getting a stump or log, something like that. Or a firewood seller. Or wait for a good storm and go knocking on doors when the trees start falling down [​IMG]

    Utilizing vertical space is a great idea. Even something like a folding metal chair, placed in the run will keep their interest. Some folks use chicken swings [​IMG]. Pallets on cinder blocks or straw bales are good, they also provide a sheltered hiding place underneath for the new bird to get a break from the rest of the flock.
     
  8. LunaChickie

    LunaChickie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone!

    I laughed at the thought of stalking downed trees HAHA!! "Hi sir, can I uh..help you..um..dispose of your tree a bit?" hehe!!
     
  9. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually in many cases people are happy to get rid of things like downed branches. They'd have to clear them out anyway so you hauling a few off (with the homeowner's permission of course) is beneficial to both of you.
     
  10. LunaChickie

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    Oh for sure. I know I'd be happy to have the help. Maybe I'll make a post in an online yardsale group.
     

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