Need roost suggestions....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mac, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Mac

    Mac Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    South Central PA
    My 11 chickens (7 RIR, 2 black bantam cochins and one yet unknown bantam breed) have never had a roost, except for the rafters of the coop. I'm the one who inherited these guys with the farm I bought. This week they are getting a VERY safe run built, I've installed nesting boxes and they are using them - I've just gradually changed their environment to the suggestions from this website. I can't tell you how much you have all helped me in the past few weeks.

    What do you do from no roosts to roosts? From what I can tell, at least the majority fly (in stages) up to the rafters of the coop to sleep. About 8'. Now I would like to make a roost for them all (bantam and RIR). How high, since they already roost really high, on 2/4's, the 2" being the perch?

    I've heard 2x4's on the wide side down for the winter and keeping feet warm, how many rungs do I need to accommodate all of them, do I need some 2" or 1" dowels, what about the bantams smaller feet, should I make a combination of all the above? Most of all, since they are all used to roosting HIGH (they are all 3 years old) what is a good height for the top roost rail given the fact they are programed to "way up" to sleep?

    Training babies sounds pretty straight forward to me - adopting adults is a little different.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
    And again, without this website and its members I'd be a very confused person. I've learned soooo much from you guys. THANKS!

  2. schmism

    schmism Songster

    Feb 16, 2007
    Peoria IL
    youll want 1' of roost per bird.... (but they will still likely scawble over what they perseeve as the ideal spots)

    id shoot for 4-6' off the floor.

    Im useing 2x2 with ive rounded over the edges slightly.
  3. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Unless your gonna make it so they cant get to the rafters that is where they will continue to roost. I have always heard they want to roost as high as they can get. I have 3 8 foot roost range3-5 feet off ground, and only a couple use them the rest are in the rafters
  4. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    I agree with mdbucks. You can build roosts, but chickens are creatures of habit. I think you are looking at buying a good hat to cover that head of yours since you will still have some parachuting poo from the rafters. [​IMG]

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