how many roosts?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by aladatrot, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. aladatrot

    aladatrot Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    We are outfitting "Casa De Gallinas" tonight in preparation for the big move from the barn to the new coop (CDG). We have a 4 rung roost in our starter coop that is going to be moving to CDG. The rungs are 4 feet wide. For 30 or so ladies and no men, how many feet of roosting space do we need? We currently have 16 feet if we use the existing roost.

    Also, there is wire mesh on the north, west, and south walls of CDG with the east wall being somewhat solid. This is where the nest boxes will be. Is there a preferred side for the roost(s)? In winter, we will have drop down hinged shutters, so I'm more concerned about warm weather comfort than cold. Ideas anyone?

    Getting EXCITED about the move!

  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    People generally figure on something like 8" of roost space per chicken. Prolly better to err on the side of more rather than less, if coop dimensions make it convenient.

    For instance I have 6 1/2' of roost space for 9 nearly full-grown Sussexes, and while it works completely fine, I absolutely would not want any less than that.

    Have fun,


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