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How far from edge of coop to perch??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jeaucamom, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    Finally got the coop from garage to outdoors on pvc pipe and now I have to finish the inside before the paneling goes up. But how far from the edge of the coop to the perch??? We are using 1x3 for perches. And the way I was putting them in doesn't look like very much room, so I thought I would check with all the experts [​IMG] There is about 6 -7 inches from wall to front of 1x3. Thanks everyone, Suz
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    You will probably want to go 9 - 12 inches depending on the breed. It gives them enough room to hop up and turn around. 6 -7 is a little to close.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens recommends that roosts be 18 inches away and 18 inches between each roost. Hope this helps.

  4. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    Mount Shasta, CA
    On the same subject, what about relative to a window?

    I'm building a coop/shed and there are 2 locations where I have provided for a poop box which would be located under prospective ladder-style perches. One is closer to a window than the other, but that one is on the front of the coop which will be WAY easier to access for cleaning.

    Does it matter if the roosts are below a window, from the perspective of cold creeping through? The window will be double-pane.
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR

    Our 2 x 4 roosts are level with our windows. I used some left-over clear greenhouse plastic so I can close the windows at night and have them open during the day.



    I have the ventilation area done in the same way.

    Hope this helps!


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