I'm afraid they are going to hurt themselves

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hummingbird Hollow, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Colorado mountains
    Hey folks,
    I have 8 3 1/2 month old pullets, all heavy breed, 2 each White Plymouth Rock, Barred Plymouth Rock, Wellsummer and Jersey Giant. I designed what I thought was a very clever roost and poop slide configuration in my 4'X8' coop (see photo).[​IMG]

    There's a final top roost that you can't see in the photo.

    The pullets all tend to roost for the night on the top two roosts and seem happy and the poop slide works well. The problem comes in the morning. Six of the eight pullets seem to carefully hop down from the top roost, to the next roost, to the next and then down to the bottom roost before hopping to the floor and running around to the door. However, both of the Barred Plymouth Rocks just fly down from the top roost and a scary angle and land with a thump on the floor. I know they aren't at their full size and weight and I imagine them really hurting themselves sometime.

    Any suggestions or words of advice?
  2. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I can't say for sure, but I believe that if they were hurting themselves, they wouldn't do it. Chickens just look and act awkward and funny. I will look forward to reading what more experienced chicken owners have to say about this. Good luck! :)
  3. laceynoelle

    laceynoelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    Dont worry about it, if they were getting hurt they wouldnt do it. Carol's got the right idea. :] If I had wings, I'd jump off of tall things and flap like mad too. [​IMG]
  4. MaureenC

    MaureenC Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2011
    I read on here somewhere about someone's bird thumping down hard on a bare floor and breaking something (can never find these posts afterward, sorry) I think it was a breastbone.

    So I keep the floors all well covered with pellets because mine do the same kind of crazy evil kenevil stunts. [​IMG]
  5. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    Mine do the same thing and the thud can be pretty loud. I just make sure I have alot of padding on the floor so they have some cush when landing. I have lg. breeds too and they are awkward.
  6. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2011
    Georgetown, KY
    Ive got angled roost as well. Some of my birds dive bomb of the top while others walk down. I dont see a problem with you set up. My highest roost is 8' and ive never had any issues.
  7. jason9111

    jason9111 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2010
    I just added a few more roosts in mine. Decided to give them something a little higher. The tallest is about 8'. My coop if about 8 x 8 or so and about 8 ft tall. There is a ladder that takes them to the first leg of the roosts which is about 4 ft tall. After that, its on them. The first night all 3 of them were on the top roost. Several other choices, but they seemed set to all gather on top. This is just a typical tendancy of a chicken. I was concerned at how they would get down too. They kind of flew down the next morning and everytime thereafter. I did wonder after building it if it was a bad idea considering they could possibly get hurt. Mine are pretty healthy too and just getting egg ready. So far they have been fine and I agree with the others, if they got hurt coming down, they wouldn't get up quite so high again.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I've read they can be injured when they land with a thud. I think you need closer bars upthe ladder to roost. , it does seem a very steep angle. I wouldn't say" IF it hurt they wouldn't do it again ."We're talking about chickens not humans. If they get hurt landing they take it in stride because they don't know getting down doesn't have to hurt.
  9. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    Repeated minor traumas can predispose a bird to bumblefoot. Happened with my Welsummer rooster. I had to lower the perch in the coop for that reason.
  10. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Colorado mountains
    Thanks for all the advice folks. I've noticed that where they land the shavings always get pushed out of the way by the force of their landing. Perhaps that is another of the nightly chores I need to add to my list, re-distributing the shavings and adding new ones to cushion the morning landing. I'm not sure that placing the roosts closer together won't create a new problem...having the chickens on the higher roosts pooping on the ones below.

    I love my chickens but they really aren't all that smart! [​IMG]

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