Ideas on how to increase roosting area?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hokankai, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So right now I have one 8 foot board that is my roosting bar, with a dropping board underneath. I'm looking for ways to increase the roosting area so that I can add one or two more chickens. Right now we have 8 in an 8x6 coop, but I think I need to add some roost space right?

    here are some pictures to give an idea of what I'm working with

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  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    You can run one perpendicular to the one you have, either just above or just below the existing roost.
     
  3. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    like just over the poop board, or down the side of the coop?

    here's the coop layout in 2D form

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  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Could you place a couple on angles (above) on either side.. that's what I did on one side..
    The one angled at the bottom is to help them get to the upper ones... there is one right above it which sits higher than the other two roosts.

    If I had it to do over again, I would have done the poop board thing.

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  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    If the roost is 8' long, you might actually be fine with 10 chickens with no further modification needed, unless some of them are exceptionally uncivil with each other.

    Good luck, have fun,

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  6. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the roost is 8' long, you might actually be fine with 10 chickens with no further modification needed, unless some of them are exceptionally uncivil with each other.

    Ok good, I'll try that first and see how it works out. I LOVE the corner idea though and will probably do that or add some perpendicular boards if necessary.

    Thanks again you guys! I feel like I ask way too many questions...haha​
     
  7. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Nice! [​IMG]
     
  8. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Quote:Ok good, I'll try that first and see how it works out. I LOVE the corner idea though and will probably do that or add some perpendicular boards if necessary.

    Thanks again you guys! I feel like I ask way too many questions...haha

    If it were'nt for questions, there'd be no BYC! Ask away!
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Why not just add short boards connecting your current roost to the wall. This will make your roost stronger and the extra birds can roost on the short pieces. Sort of like making a ladder with your wall as the second long side.

    I added more to my roosts by going higher and running some diagonally in the corners. These are the favored spots for the elite.... [​IMG]
     
  10. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are the favored spots for the elite.... tongue

    That's EXACTLY why I'm trying to keep the roost all one height! Haha I don't want any of the more dominant girls getting bigger heads than they already have, hahaha. Plus they all like to follow each other and if they ALL can't fit...there would be a lot of pushing, shoving, and falling [​IMG]
     

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