How fancy is too fancy? Upholstered Roosts.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ARose4Heaven, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    I needed a new set of roosts...for the 100 new babies that are coming. SOOOOooooo, I searched the scrap pile. Found some stair rails...OK...great. But not enough of them for all those birds when they get grown. More searching... Found PVC pipe. But it's slippery and too small diameter. Solution... Hot glue 3 together to form a triangular roost...wrap it in denim scraps for warmth and grabability. hens will have upholstered roosts! I can just take em out and power wash em. Sweet!

  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    My problem with the pvc pipe was the birds would slip off and hurt themselves. So I wrapped them in heavy-duty medical tape.

    I am anti-washing-machine-washing anything with tons of poop on it. BUUUT- what you did could easily be reoved for hose-washing! [​IMG] Great job!
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Wow, that's going to get filthy real fast. Cute, but I look forward to hearing reports on how it actually *works* [​IMG]

    Wouldn't a dead tree branch be easier?

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    That's great! Just make sure that the thread on there is tight tight tight because if someone hooked a toe in there & fell off....
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    I'd be concerned that the fabric creates a great environment for bacteria to grow (not to mention places for mites to hide). I know chickens wipe their beaks on the roost, too. Power washing might actually make the situation worse because bacteria grow better in moist environments. Just be sure to let the upholstered roosts dry really well out in the sun until they're completely and utterly dry before returning them to the coop.

    Seems to me like this would be more trouble than it's worth. When my tree branch roosts get yucky, I just toss them and go cut some more. When my board roosts get yucky, I just wipe them down with Poop Off and use a little sandpaper to get the really tough caked on stuff.
  6. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    The denim roosts may turn out to be temporary, but I was desperate for roosts for the new birds coming in, so made do with what I had. If the cloth proves to be a problem, I will most likely get me another stair rail to cut up. DH has my budget on lock-down for now, after the cost of buying all the new chicks. So I have to be creative for a while. I did spray them heavily with that water proofing stuff DH uses on his boots. I am hoping that will make them last a bit longer until I can replace them.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011
  7. FiveHens

    FiveHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Guess I read that wrong...I thought the title of your post was "Upholstered Roos" [​IMG]
  8. calista

    calista Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2010
    While I admire your creativity, I also would be leery of unforeseen problems this approach could cause, as chickens are curious and will peck at and potentially ingest anything they can tear away from the "upholstery." You can't watch over them 24/7.

    My roosts, too, have always been sturdy branches that are tossed when they get too dirty with caked-on poop, or boards that can be scraped down without worry.
  9. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    Quote:Doesn't a chicken balancing on a slick pole help to strengthen its core muscles? Kind of like a human balancing on an exercise ball.[​IMG]
  10. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Quote:Yeah, but would you like to have to sleep all night on an exercise ball?

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