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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

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    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

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    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

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    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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