I was wondering if anyone has made a heated roost for their chickens. Not a heated coop, just the roost... I was looking at bird products for parrots and such, and they have heated perches. SO, obviously I thought about roosts...
Nah, chickens take care of heating their feet the old fashioned way. When a chicken jumps up on a roost - and it's an appropriate roost - they don't grasp with their feet all night. They grasp just long enough to steady themselves, then release their grasp and rest on their keel bone, covering their feet in the process and keeping them toasty warm.
By appropriate roost I mean a flat board - a 2 x 4 with the "4 side" up; which make roosting easier for the chicken and better for their feet in the long run.
Chickens do not rest on there kneel bones, Amy avian vet explained to me that round roost are best because the grib the roost and as they fall alseep they have a muscles that holds them steady, flat roost are not healthy for there feet as it keeps the feet muscles always stretched out. There belly feathers keep there toes warm and after seeing them I can see exactly what he is talking about