Need roosting bar ideas

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chicksooner, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. chicksooner

    chicksooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a brick coop with a roosting bars on one end that cascade down and has 4 bars on it. Some of the chickens are opting to use nesting boxes rather than the bars. The coop has 10 guinea keets about 2.5 months old, 5 pullets, and a roo. There is plenty of room to add roosting bars but not really sure if I need to change the design or just add more to get everyone on it at night.
     
  2. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of your roosts HAVE to be higher than the nest boxes, otherwise, the chickens will roost in the boxes. Either raise the roosts, or lower the nest boxes.
    Jack
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Consider blocking the nesting boxes at night to discourage roosting in them.

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  4. BeBobVal

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    Is there a preferred distance to have the roost from the wall? Most of my girls roost on the top rail, but face the wall!
     
  5. chicksooner

    chicksooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roosts are higher than nesting boxes. Will have to figure out how to block the nesting boxes.
     
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Something else to consider...what are you using for a roost? If it's too small it will be uncomfortable for them to sit on all night and they will look for an alternative. We use 2x4's with the birds roosting on the 4" side.
     
  7. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    It's most highly recommended to have the tier part of the roost be made from 2 x 4's with the 4" side flat for better traction and footing control for chickens. Hope this helps some.
     
  8. chicksooner

    chicksooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2x4s is a great idea. Makes since due to the size of my birds. Currently have 2x2s. Thanks for the brain nudge. [​IMG]
     
  9. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We also use the 2x4 flat side. I also carpet mine in the winter for warmer feet and more comfort
     
  10. chicksooner

    chicksooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you use for carpeting?
     

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