Ladder as roost??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Eryn, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Eryn

    Eryn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I am building a new coop! I am converting over a metal shed so I want to try to attach as little as possible to the walls... I was thinking about using a ladder for the roost? Anyone think this would be a good/bad idea? Or better yet is anyone doing this? The girls right now free range most nights and when they do they have decided that my gardening bench is a great roost...... There is a little shelf on poles over the bench that they have claimed as it is the highest point in the yard they can get to... [​IMG] Any thoughts would be great! Thanks!

    Edited to say that I was thinking like a pool ladder that has steps up both sides! [​IMG]
     
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  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Considering your climate I don't see it as being an issue. if you where in a cold climate area the risk of frost, frostbite and feet freezing to it would be a potential problem.
     
  3. Eryn

    Eryn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yea it rarely drops below freezing here... and it will be in the coop which will be closed, I will have power in there to have a heat lamp for them at night so there shouldn't be any frost issue, I was also looking at the pool type of ladder which has plastic steps so it wouldn't be nearly as cold on their little toes! [​IMG]
     
  4. RockinCircleC

    RockinCircleC Out Of The Brooder

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    A friend had a ladder in a coop that was set at an angle, much like a quilt display rack style ladder. Had 4 rungs on it I think. Chickens seem to like it just fine and they used all the rungs. I have thought about doing something similar in mine when I get it built. Maybe find an old busted up ladder with the 1" dowel type rungs on it. Or retrofit an old one to make it 2 to 3 times wider.
     
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  5. Eryn

    Eryn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Great idea, I will have to hunt around on craigslist and see what I can dig up! [​IMG]
     
  6. ole-crone

    ole-crone Chillin' With My Peeps

    People use metal sheds for chickens around here all the time and we get temps down to -30 F.

    Dh tried to be nice and built our girls a roost just like the books suggest. They prefer a plain 2x4 over any ladder/stair type roost. We have at least 50 chickens out there and only 4 will roost on the ladder-type roosts. BUT they LOVE those 2x4s! So, I wouldn't use a swimming pool type ladder.

    However, if that is the only thing your girls have to choose from - it might not make a difference. Ours have a choice. I bet they'd sit on the regular-type roosts if that was all they had.

    Good luck!
     
  7. Eryn

    Eryn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking it is the only tall thing in the shed they should sit on it! I just don't trust the walls to secure 2x4s to them and have it hold the weight of the wood and the birds... If I was putting up a shelf I just wouldn't put anything breakable on it but since the birds are breakable....... [​IMG] I will just have to give it a try and see if they will get on them! [​IMG]
     
  8. Carole AM

    Carole AM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used part of a ladder for a roost for my big cochins. I have a wooden bar at one end that I leaned the ladder against at a slant, then nailed it together.

    Around here, we use what's available! And we have lots of "recycled materials" in our coops! I also look at the resale stores.
     

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