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Help for beginner: Perch distance from wall?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Guavacoop, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. Guavacoop

    Guavacoop Chirping

    Jun 30, 2007
    Hi all,
    I am just designing my first coop, and looking at a design in the book Poultry House Construction by Michael Roberts (anyone used his plans?). Another book says that the perch should be 18 inches from wall for the larger breeds to roost comfortably. But the design I'm looking at has the whole roosting area extending only 14 inches from the wall. Is this going to cramp the chickens?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. jessied1227

    jessied1227 Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    East Brady, PA
    My roosts are 12 inches from the wall, I used scrap wood, and those are the size pieces I had. I've got some good-sized chickens, a couple of my barred rock girls are enourmous, LOL, and they roost with no problems.

    I'll be interested to see what the more experienced chicken keepers have to say, though. I could be wrong, but have had no troubles thus far.

  3. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    12 inches is plenty of space.

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