Need help figuring out housing for a bantam trio

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sujiwan, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Sujiwan

    Sujiwan New Egg

    Nov 16, 2009
    I had figured on making a standard little roost house for my bantams but they've thrown me a bit of a curve.

    At the moment all chickens are in what is basically a run in shed (was a stable with a loft but someone converted it to be an open door vehicle port of sorts. We have wire across the front to keep out predators. THe space is divided to keep the large breed chickens on one side while the bantams (all hens) are on the other with the ducks and geese.
    THey had been on a roosting/feeding board but now my Dutch bantams have taken to roosting in the rafters about 10 feet overhead while the cochin is down much lower.

    With our winter temps in PA being anywhere from the 20's to below zero, I don't think the Dutch bantams are suited for that (in my opinion). I can't put them into the new chicken house (enclosed) for the large breed as they get attacked. What is my best recourse to induce the "high fliers" and my cochin to take up residence in a lower structure? Or what are my options for small scale winter housing (rapidly approaching!!)
  2. windtryst

    windtryst Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    My four are roosting in the rafters as well...not sure what I will do when it gets really cold in Jan. & Feb. They like it up there...
  3. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina
    If your bantams can fly up that high and get down without hurting themselves -- and the Dutch bantams are TINY -- then they're all right. The cochin sitting by herself would be more of a concern to me, as well as how she does getting back down.

    Getting down is usually the biggest problem for bigger birds because if they weigh much they land hard, and their feet and legs take a beating. Hard landings are one of the main causes of bumblefoot.

    And by the way, Sujiwan, [​IMG].

  4. djmooney

    djmooney Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    my bantams are with my big birds and they only picked on them for a few days now they get
    along fine
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could you install a huddle box up there- a huddle box is an insulated mini-coop designed to give birds a place to gather if it gets too cold...

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