Out of room on roosting bar

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lee3343, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. lee3343

    lee3343 Just Hatched

    We have a high roosting bar that is 36" with five girls. If they work at it, they all fit but lots of posturing going on. The last one tries to fly up and pushes one down. It gets ugly. I'm worried that since they're 4 1/2 months old and will get bigger this winter there won't be room for the five. Since our space is tight, would it be okay to add a bar perpendicular to the one already up there or would they not use it. I saw a suggestion in another post to move the feeder and waterer to the run which will give us more room. But I also read that the hens then won't want to go into the coop for the night. PLEASE ADVISE!!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I think perpendicular is a good idea. That should give them enough room.
    They will never use all the space but one should plan on 18" of roost space per bird for LF.
     
  3. lee3343

    lee3343 Just Hatched

    Thanks for your reply. Any thoughts on moving the feeders and waterer outside to allow for more room in the coop?
     
  4. julianna47

    julianna47 Just Hatched

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    I want advise on that too. It gets cold in Michigan. Do people feed and water outside in the winter
     
  5. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I keep my food and water in the run. I do have a waterer in the coop sometimes but not always. My coop is relatively large though so it hardly takes up any room.

    ETA I do keep water in the coop in the winter because it's warmer in the coop so I rarely get frozen water in there. If we have a blizzard or bad storm (rare) I put food in there too, temporarily. This winter I might try warmers for the water in the run.
     
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  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I keep water founts outside but nipple water in the coop so they can drink first thing in the morning.
    I keep bulk feeders in the coop to keep incursion of wild birds at bay.
     
  7. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens don't drink anything at night so you don't need water in the coop. It will just increase the humidity in there and may cause problems in the winter. I just put fresh water in the run every morning in the winter.
     
  8. julianna47

    julianna47 Just Hatched

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    Thank you!
     
  9. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Is your

    Is your run covered? I don't get wild birds in my run. I have had a wild quail try to join the flock but my turkey ran it off.
     
  10. lee3343

    lee3343 Just Hatched

    We will be covering part of it for more shade and protection from rain/snow
     

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