How high off floor for roost?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by birdy_num_nums, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. birdy_num_nums

    birdy_num_nums In the Brooder

    May 28, 2008
    I'm going to have a 2x4 for their roost. How high off the floor should I have it? How high can I expect them to hop/fly to get up there? There won't be any kind of ladder. Or should I have some ladder for them? I have all standard chickens, some larger breeds. The roost will be 7 feet away from the nests, and the top of the nests will be 24" off the floor (2 stacked on 2, all 12x12).
  2. Bird Hearder

    Bird Hearder Songster

    Apr 10, 2008
    Salisbury, Md.
    I would add a plank with some strips for traction. Just makes it easier on their feet and legs when jumping down, IMO is better for the bigger breeds.
    For hight the way I understand, They like to be as high in the coop as they can go.
  3. chilisweet

    chilisweet Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Vancouver, WA
    I would make the roost at least a foot above the top of the nest boxes. If not, they will roost in the boxes, which is not what you want. You can make a ladder if you want, but it is not necessary.

    Good luck!

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