How many chickens per roost

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If there are 3 roost 4 ft wide how many chickens as banties ( standred chickens 2X Banti.) The other half of the coop is nest box. They have an huge run outside. [​IMG]
     
  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    10 to 12 grown birds
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Figure 12 inches of roost width per bird (I use this number for bantams, too). They won't actually use all this space once they get settled down at night, but it allows enough room for the jostling that goes on before they do get settled.
     
  4. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Y'all coddle your birds lol! Even at 2 Banties per foot, thats enough space for a couple dozen birds to sleep comfortably.
     
  5. ambrosia

    ambrosia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL! I have same space as OP, and all sixteen birds roost on top two...
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    They'll all try to crowd onto the top roost. The bottom one will never be used.
     
  7. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have basically that setup in my coop plus a ladder and about a 6 foot 2x4 on the other wall, and I have 20 full size birds and probably 20 7-10 week old birds that use the space and the main 12 feet of space is bare. The babies huddle near the feeder and the big birds fill the long board. Prolly need to close up some ventilation since the water is freezing..... Don't be aghast folks, they still come running to daddy with the feed pail!
     
  8. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Its just chickens are addicting and I have a rir roo 1 silkie roo, 3 hens, and 2 chicks that will grow to add on 2, and I KNOW I have to get at least 2 full sized hens. And maby another bantie,... Wich way do you put the roost flat or vertical ?
     
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  9. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 :

    Thanks Its just chickens are addicting and I have a rir roo 1 silkie roo, 3 hens, and 2 chicks that will grow to add on 2, and I KNOW I have to get at least 2 full sized hens. And maby another bantie,... Wich way do you put the roost flat or vertical ?

    Not sure I understand your question. My roosts are horizontal. They are 2x4's big side the hens stand on. I also have a ladder from the old coop standing against the wall that they seem to like. Think of it like this. They are birds, have stayed out all night, roost in trees. They can be almost vertical, horizontal, flat, round.....

    Although..... I must say I have never seen any bird other than a woodpecker, vertical on a tree, and they haven't been roosting at that time.​
     
  10. LisaCammie

    LisaCammie Out Of The Brooder

    I have 4 large breed hens on a 4' roost. There's plenty of room for more (maybe twice as many) because they all snuggle together once they get settled on the roost.
     

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