help with a roost

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  1. YaYa27889

    YaYa27889 Out Of The Brooder

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    hi we are building a Jen house and I am not sure how wide we should build a roost. Any suggestions?
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use 2X4's it forces them to sit on their feet which in the winter can keep them from getting frostbitten feet.
     
  3. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The 4 in. side will be pointing straight up and the 2 in. side will face the walls
     
  4. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have cold winters where you live?

    I ask because it is important to have a flat roost so that your chicken can lay on top of its feet to keep them warm and free of frost bite. A roost bar that the chicken curves its feet around is not very comfortable, nor safe for them in the winter.

    I use a 2x4 for my roost. I'm not sure what kind of breeds you have in your flock, but be sure your roost is a safe height off the ground, large breeds especially are more prone to foot problems and a substantial jump off of the roost bar isn't always a good idea for them.
    Bantams don't really have this problem, as they can soften their fall much better.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. YaYa27889

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  7. YaYa27889

    YaYa27889 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you much!
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    some folks like to tack a towel to the roost bar to help keep chicken feet warmer. [​IMG]
     
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  10. YaYa27889

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    I must be roost clueless because I have no idea how that works
     

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