1. kardar2

    kardar2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay I am getting ready to put in my roost. Question: How high should make make the first one off of floor. I am thinking 12" my coop is 4'x8' and the roost will run the whole 8' should I run 2 roost or just the one. The pink line is where the roost will go. Thanks.

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  2. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would use just the one unless you plan on getting a bunch of chickens, but make sure they are higher than the laying boxes or you will find them sleeping in them, I think I would have it around knee high.
     
  3. kardar2

    kardar2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well the nest boxes opening is 14" then they slope down to 12" in the back of the next box. Can a hen jump up 15 " to the roost?
     
  4. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine go straight up to an outdoor roost that is 5 ft off the ground, they can go alot higher than you think.
     
  5. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How high a chicken can fly up to roost is somewhat breed dependent. What kind of chickens are you getting?
    Generally I try to get the roosts up 3 feet of higher. If they can get up high, they prefer that, that's why you will find them roosting on the highest object they can reach.

    Silkies and Cochins are doing good to make it to a 1 foot high roost. But a Leghorn or Phoenix can roost on a tree branch way over your head.

    You might want to read up on "poop boards" and add that to your design. It would be easy at this stage of building and be a big work saver later.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    The way I figure out how high to put the roost is look at the bedding on the floor. How high is that? Then position the nests. Then put the roosts so they are noticeably higher, usually about a foot higher works well.

    If you use a ladder type roost, you generally need about 12” vertical and 12” horizontal separation so they are not pooping right on top of the ones lower down. The roost needs to be about 12” or more away from the wall to give them room.

    I don’t have any experience with Silkies but they can’t fly. You need a ramp or a ladder for them to get up there. My regular large fowl birds have no problems jumping/flying up 5 feet and could probably go more if they wished.

    The higher you go the more open space below they need to land. You don’t want them banging into nests, walls, or feeders on the way down. That’s why I suggest you make it as low as you reasonably can and still make it noticeably higher than anything you don’t want them sleeping on or in.

    I suggest you give them as much roosting space as you reasonably can. They don’t take up much space when they are on the roost and settled down, but they need enough room to spread their wings and fly up. Also, it’s not that uncommon for one to be a bully and be pretty brutal to a chicken at the bottom of the pecking order while they are on the roosts. This is what causes a lot of chickens to wind up sleeping in the nests. Those chickens getting picked on look for a safe place to sleep and the nests are usually the highest safe place they can find. I don’t have a magic number for you. The more chickens you have the less space you need for each one. I’d not go less than 9” per chicken and prefer 12” per chicken, but see what’s reasonable with your coop and its layout. Also plan for future integration. The more space you have on the roosts or in the coop, the easier this goes. So be generous with space and give them room to get away from a bully if you have one.

    You can see how I attached my tree limbs so they are removable yet don’t roll or move. Drill a hole and put a large nail in. I find it handy to make them removable.

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    Good luck. Looks like you have a good start.
     

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