Head room for Roost. Help!

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
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Feb 24, 2009
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Well, when you think about it, if your hens are flying up to the roost, they're going to fly up higher and then land on the roost. So you really need that roost to be about a yard (36 inches) below the roof, I would say. Now, if you have something like lower roosts or a sort of ramp or ladder that they will hop up, you probably won't need that much space.....
 

92Pony

Songster
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Mar 1, 2010
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If you have the space, you could always add a lower roost/step. In watching mine, they seem to prefer hopping as opposed to flying, or walking up a ramp. Add them a roost just below the main one and their hop up to the roost won't need to be so high (maybe eliminating the head-bumping).


[Edit] I guess I should have read chicmom's last sentence in her post!



Wade
 
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dirtsaver

Songster
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Mar 20, 2010
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Another thing to remember is to make allowance for ventilation in winter that is draft-free. That usually means at least two feet above the chickens head to the bottom of the vents.
 

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