I don't think this will work as a roost, but not sure why?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by *pixietrix*, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. *pixietrix*

    *pixietrix* Hatching

    Mar 21, 2010
    DH is building my roosts, and I think that by trying to simplify the process, may have gotten it all wrong. I hope I can describe what he is thinking of doing. He is building the roosts in a ladder fashion, only they are all the same height. Almost like a table frame with 4 boards going across as roosts.

    I have not seen anything like this used as a roost before, so I'm assuming it won't work.

    Unfortunately, I have to give him a reason why this won't work or he will just continue building them this way!
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I actually prefer roosts this way.......there's no squabbling at bedtime for who get the highest roost. I have a ladder version and the version you're talking about and my flock uses both equally. I've noticed less squabbling with the same height roosts though.
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Tell him to hang it to where 1 end is lower than the other & level the roost boards so they're sitting on the flat part, not the edge. That should work.
  4. chseeads

    chseeads Songster

    May 28, 2009
    Bloomington, Indiana
    As long as they can get up on them, it can work.... I've always used roosts of staggered heights, but I have seen roosts set up that are all the same height.
  5. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    I have several different styles of roosts, and I prefer the one you are describing. As already mentioned, there is no fighting for the top rung (best spot in my chickens minds). They all have the top rung this way.

    It also makes cleaning easier for me, except for the pens that DH made the roosts on hinges so they will lift up out of the way for me to clean.

    Sorry I didn't help your cause.

  6. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    As long as there's enough room between the rungs for the chickens to roost comfortably, it should work fine.
  7. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    Our roost is like you are describing, I think:) Our pullets like it and don't fight over where they are going to roost.

  8. *pixietrix*

    *pixietrix* Hatching

    Mar 21, 2010
    Thanks everyone for the replies. I told him to go ahead and put it in. So far, it seems to be working well. I'll keep an eye on things just to make sure it's working out okay. Thanks again for the reassurances!
  9. DebsChicks

    DebsChicks In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2010
    North Carolina
    I like this idea. I'm still in the stages of mentally deciding how I want my coop designed. Making the roosts parallel like this should be a good thing, I think.
  10. kano

    kano Songster

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
    Quote:I'm also prefer that way. And the girls .


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