I've built my coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cyart, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. cyart

    cyart In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2008
    and my run for my 4 chickens. My question is, do I need a roost? I didn't put one in the plans. I can easily get on in the run, but to put one in the coop will take up a lot of space. Do I really need one for the girls?

  2. do you have an old ladder you can lean against the wall...Or even a corner of the coop to put a branch across????

    I don't know about others, but we have roosts in the coop that the birds use all the time...We also have ones in the outdoor run, but none of the birds use them...Now they are more for my own personal satisfaction--that the birds need them out there--- even though they don't use them...hahah
  3. Jenlyn9483

    Jenlyn9483 Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    Most chicken perfer to roost, thats how they sleep.
  4. The thing that is so critical about the roost, even beyond that the chickens love them, is that this is a way to keep clean eggs. If chickens sleep in nests, they will leave very poopy eggs. Ick. I would really reconsider your plans to include a roost. My guys all roost and are seem so happy at night.
  5. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    i dont have enough of a roost apparently because they are finding other places to roost.
  6. Grass

    Grass Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    i just layed a couple old tree limbs i found in the woods accrossed my run and the chicks love them.at first the were spooked from them for a day or 2 but now if you look in the run everyone of them are roosting on them.funny thing is they only about 6" off the ground.i think they just feel more comfortable on a roost no matter where they are.

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