Looking for general rules of thumb on Chicken Roost Design

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by coggonobrien, May 10, 2016.

  1. coggonobrien

    coggonobrien Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you typically use for material, how high, can they be ladder style or will they poop on each other, etc?

    Thanks
    David

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  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Usually you'll want to use some sort of roost that you can move for cleaning, won't splinter, not too wide, won't break, no more than 4 foot off the ground, etc. I personally like to use old tree limbs or 2x4s.
     
  3. coggonobrien

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    it has to be wood though for them to hang onto right?
     
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    That is all I have used ~wood, it seems to work the best though :)
     
  5. Folly's place

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    Wood is the right material, and tree limbs or saplings are my choice too. At least two inches diameter, or larger. Birds will poop on each other if possible, and want the highest roosts available. Some of mine fly to the rafters (which are fence posts) eight feet up. Breeds matter, so lower roosts for some, and higher for others. Mary
     
  6. coggonobrien

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    gotcha, currently I have goldstars and americanas
     
  7. ChickenLover200

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    Heavier breeds *do*, obviously require a heavier roost, also...
     
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    Gold stars are great, aren't they? I have 8. They like roosting in high up places....
     
  9. TerryH

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    I used 2x4's on the flat. That seemed to be the most common material. Are those nest boxes??? How many chickens are you planning on?
     
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    Those are nest boxes but I need to modify them yet. It was a parts shelf I bought used. Currently each cubby is 8 inch wide, 12 inch deep, and 12 inch high. I will be removing 2 vertical dividers and putting 1 back right in the middle to make 12x12x12 boxes. Will Probably remove the top tier. We have 9 chickens now, but I'm building everything for room to grow. I don't want to do it twice.
     

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