How much room is needed for them to fly down from the roost.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Muchohuevos, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Muchohuevos

    Muchohuevos Chirping

    Sep 3, 2008
    I have ladders going up to the roost, and they dont seem to use the ladder to come down. my coop is 4' x 8' and the roost are 5' off the floor, it seems like a hard landing when they get down. Is that ok?

  2. tuckertori

    tuckertori In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    My girls jump off of our deck railing with a less than graceful thud! It is about a 4' jump. I figure that if they didn't like it, they wouldn't do it. If you have a ladder and they aren't using it, it would guess the same is true. They sure land with a thud though!
  3. swatchick

    swatchick In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2011
    My roosts are about 4' high and they have about 3' of room to fly down. They don't seem to mind or have trouble with it, but at first I did put an old wooden step ladder with platform top nearby to give them an intermediate landing zone, and a few of them used it for awhile. When they stopped using it, I figured that was them telling me the flight down was fine.
  4. NC ChickenKate

    NC ChickenKate Chirping

    Jul 30, 2011
    Wilmington, NC
    Inside their chicken yard is a dead tree with branches going in 3 different direction...lowest branches are maybe 2 feet off the ground & highest branches are a bit over 5 1/2 feet. My chooks are 10 week old banties and several will jump up to the highest branches and then immediately launch themselves off into the yard...and then jump back up into the tree to do it all over again.
    I've watched one hen do it 5 times in a row and two others play "astro-nut" (my term, don't know what they call it) three times in a row.

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