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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by YaYa27889, Mar 8, 2016.
hi we are building a Jen house and I am not sure how wide we should build a roost. Any suggestions?
Use 2X4's it forces them to sit on their feet which in the winter can keep them from getting frostbitten feet.
The 4 in. side will be pointing straight up and the 2 in. side will face the walls
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.
Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!
All the best
Thank you much!
Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
some folks like to tack a towel to the roost bar to help keep chicken feet warmer.
I must be roost clueless because I have no idea how that works