Pecking Order Issues / Roost Bars

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Holly0, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Holly0

    Holly0 Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have an opinion on staggered roost bars having an effect on pecking order problems at evening roosting time? My roost bars are spaced 18" apart, same height, side by side. At bedtime there are frequent squables/pecking order issues. With my bar arrangement, the birds have easy access to each other and dominent birds pick on less dominent birds. Would it be better to place one bar a foot higher so the dominent birds can go high and make it harder to reach less dominent birds on the lower roost bar?
     
  2. foxy2320

    foxy2320 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everything I've read says to space them about 18" apart but angle them down about 45 degrees, so go across your 18", then find a 45 degree angle, and where those lines cross put your other bar so they're staggered a little. My girls all came from the same breeder at the same time, so their pecking order issues weren't too bad, but the way the bars are set up I have never heard any nighttime squabbling.
     
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My roost rack is flat. Don't have a problem with that. There is always some squabbling at roost time, for the preferred spot whether it is the high perch or the one that's in front.
     

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