ideal perch / roost width...???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by saltdean norm, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. saltdean norm

    saltdean norm Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 3, 2009
    Sussex, UK
    hi all quick question here...

    what would you suggest for perch / roost bar width. The old coop i'm pimping has square edge 1". i've some old round edged 2"X3" laying about...would it be better to replace with that?

    Cheers all


  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    You want it to be wide enough that they sit on it instead of having to hold on (not very restful to have to hold on all night to avoid falling off). Also, if they can sit on it with their feet flat, they'll be able to keep their toes warm with their bodies at night. I recently made a roost using a 2x4, using the 4" side for them to sit on.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    For mine I use 2x8's with a few 2 x 6's.
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:Almost exactly what I was gonna say, you want them to be able to sit on their feet. So it should be at least 3 inches wide, I used 1x4 for mine.
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    We gave our hens three 4" roosts at the same level then discovered that they use them for gossip and grooming but prefer to sleep on a shelf above the nest boxes at a heaight of about 2 feet- who knew? [​IMG]


    At least I get zall their overnight offering when I scrape in the mornings...

    Last edited: Nov 11, 2009
  6. saltdean norm

    saltdean norm Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 3, 2009
    Sussex, UK
    thanks...i'm sure i must have some 2X4" knocking about as well. will get it swapped over as part of the revamp. when complete i'll post the photo's i've been taking.
    norm [​IMG]
  7. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Even here, where it doesn't often get too cold, I use the 2x4's turned so they can sit on the 4" part. If it gets too cold they still can have warm feet and they do very good roosting on it.
    But I also have some pens with resting poles made from broom stick handles or 1x1s. They will get on those some during the day but don't like to sleep on them at night and those are for the bantams.
    You can see that the bantams still like the 2x4's.....


    and my standard breeds do well with them, too.....

  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I don't know what kind of birds you have, but the 2X4's just didn't seem big enough for my larger breeds like the orps and the wyandottes. They are much happier since I used wider boards.
  9. chickbotfamily

    chickbotfamily Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2009
    Here is my roost. I have a 2x4 and the girls like it.

  10. saltdean norm

    saltdean norm Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 3, 2009
    Sussex, UK
    thanks all. will get them changed asap.

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