Here is my simple yet effective ROOST for 70+ chickens - Pics

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MIKE555444, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    I forgot there were any pictures of building these roost but I ran across them today... so I thought id share just how I built these.

    First I used two heavy rough 2" x 6" for supports. One end of the supports reaches up and rests on the wall but is hinged on the rafter with a bolt that runs trough the support board and the rafter. The other end of the support board is not connected to the floor but rather sits on the floor with a "shoe" to avoid putting to much pressure to a single point on the floor.


    Once the boards were in place I measured off equal distance that looked about right for spacing and then I used a level to mark the supports so the actual roosts would set level for the hens. By waiting till the boards were in place I was able to eliminate any guess work in what would be level when I stood them up.


    I used a skill saw to cut the slots for the roost but needed a saber saw the finish cutting out the corners. Once these were all cut I added the 2 x 4 x 10' roost turned sideways to allow comfort and warmth of the chickens feet.


    Lastly I added a couple heavy coats of enamel paint to help with bug control and ease of cleaning in the future.


    As far as cleaning goes the entire roost is hinged and can be raised up near the rafter for easy of cleaning however I can comfortably walk underneath them as well so that may not even be necessary. When wiring this building I was careful to add a couple power outlets above the roost just in case I decide to add any heat lamps during winter. The florescent lights are on a timer to give an extra hour and a half of lighting in the morning before dawn.

    Finally, Add 70 plus chickens [​IMG] (Think using chicken math I could squeeze a few more hens on there?)

  2. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    great set up....but chickens DONT need a heat lamp....they keep warm enough in winter......the extra day light will help keep the eggs coming!
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2011
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] THAT many chickens! That looked like what I used to have LOL! However my perches didn't go as high as yours but man, they did squeeze in!

    Yes, you can squeeze in a few more girls in the bottom rung and then some!
  4. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    They sure look happy!
  5. mshuey1

    mshuey1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2011
    San Antonio
  6. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I have something like this too although they spend each night fighting over who gets the top rung and ALL of them squash in tight on that top shelf. Only the underlings end up on anything lower. LOL. And yes, I agree, you should not need a heat lamp no matter how cold it is.

    Beautiful job!
  7. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    I agree they always fight for the top roost.

    Yea... I know I don't need any heat but I'm keeping my options open if we have a really cold winter [​IMG]
  8. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    WOW! Looks like more could fit on there! LOL

    On those ladder type roosts, do the lower ones not get pooped on by the ones up higher?
  9. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    Quote:The whole point of leaving the space between the ladder steps is to keep that from happening. I wanted to utilize my space carefully l so I pushed my luck a little putting them about 12" or so apart... but I have not seen ANY getting pooped on yet. This seems to be working out great.

    I find it interesting that 90% of the hens prefer to face out toward the front of the building while sleeping [​IMG]
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Very nice! You have some beautiful chickens. [​IMG]

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