Outdoor roost/perch ideas

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TheSpiceGirls, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Crowing

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    I'm looking for ideas for a roost or perch for my hens for their run.

    My run is 20' by 14' and predator protected. It's also 7' tall so I can walk in there. Inside is their house with nest boxes, food, water, a few small logs, an upside down wheelbarrow and a compost bin that is 3' by 3' and 3' tall with a lid.

    They LOVE to stand on top of the compost bin. They preen up there and sing their egg song. We refer to it as their stage where they perform.

    I'd love to give them something else to perch on out there. But what? (Not that I mind them using the compost bin but it is in the sun all day and something in the shade would be nice.)
    I thought the logs would be a hit but I think they like the compost bin because of its height.

    I suppose I could take a 2 by 4, laying the wide way and somehow mount that in the ground to give them an alternative for a perch. But I'm guessing that I need to get it a few feet off the ground to make it interesting.

    This group is GREAT for ideas so I'm reaching out to you to see what you've done. And if possible, could you show a photo?
  2. pawsplus

    pawsplus Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    Middle TN
    See my page for more photos, but here's the run. I attached perches to the central post (which holds up the wire top on the pen), made another using concrete blocks and a 2x4, and another by placing a 1x3 through the pen walls. They also have a big block of tree to sit on. I need to get some more of those!

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  3. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Crowing

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    Quote:Oh, these are both GREAT ideas. Thanks so much. I really like the 2x4 thru the cinder blocks. I could move it around based on the seasons to put it in the sun in the winter and the shade in the summer. Love it!
  4. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Songster

    Dec 21, 2010
    If you have an old wooden ladder, they seem to like those - add you can add extra perches at various levels using the ladder frame as a base. I don't have any pictures but I have seen some great ones on here - folks have even painted and spruced up old ladders and made them look nice.
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  5. kitkatnoah

    kitkatnoah Chirping

    Sep 26, 2010
    Houston, Texas
    I use pallets in my run, besides serving as perches, they also provide shade when slanted at an angle. I also angle extra pallets along my fence line in my backyard for shade and also for cover whenever my rooster sounds the alarm for hawks.
  6. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Songster

    Oct 2, 2010
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Hi, here are some things I did in our run for the girls to hang out on. And yes, some of them actually get on the tree branch swing. Hope this helps. Erik



  7. Creed Bennett

    Creed Bennett Songster

    Aug 25, 2011
    Western Kentucky
    Wow fireguy56, I didn't have that much stuff to play with when I was a kid! Thats a nice pen. I'll show it to my wife and then get to building. [​IMG]
  8. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Crowing

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    Quote:What a GREAT run. I wanna be a chicken and come live w/ you!
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Quote:Awwwwww, I LOVE your setup. That is so cute!!!! A playground for chickens! [​IMG]

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