Perches - when and how big?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Celticdragonfly, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. Celticdragonfly

    Celticdragonfly Chirping

    May 17, 2018
    Saginaw, TX
    So we are about to build our brooder box for 3 chicks we'll have soon - once the heater has arrived.
    I see directions that by a certain number of weeks, you need to have dowels in there for perches so that they learn to perch.


    A) does it matter if you have the perch there from the beginning?

    B) How big a dowel?

    C) How high off the bottom of the brooder box?

    And - when you are looking at coops, how high off the bottom should their perches be?
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  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

    Jun 14, 2017
    Central PA
    a.) Nope, it does not.
    b.) Quite large is fine. Chickens will perch on flat surfaces, if they can. Wrapping their toes the whole way around the bar can give them cramps in their toes, I'm told.
    c.)A few (3-4) inches should do well enough. Mine enjoy the exercise of jumping onto their feeder, so they can handle higher heights.
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  3. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

    Feb 19, 2017
    Charlotte, NC
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I don't use dowels. I put in firewood logs. And a 2x4 nailed to tree stumps. They don't Roost much till 3 to 4 weeks. They like to jump up on things when playing.
  5. Farmgirl1878

    Farmgirl1878 Songster

    Mar 17, 2017
    Piketon, Ohio
    If you’re going to be using a brooder heating plate, they’ll roost on that from day one! (Cover it with the press and seal Saran Wrap to make it easier to clean. - Best advice I ever got!)

    We also had a short roost that was about fourteen inches off the floor of the brooder made from scrap lumber and a tree limb. They loved it and used it from the time they were about three and a half weeks old or so...
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  6. Callender Girl

    Callender Girl Crowing

    Sep 18, 2018
    North Central Iowa
    My two-week-old Buckeye chicks are awaiting their new, bigger brooder and roost. In the meantime, they are happy to perch on top of their waterer and my hands and arms when I reach in.
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  7. Celticdragonfly

    Celticdragonfly Chirping

    May 17, 2018
    Saginaw, TX
    I'm thinking you must have a MUCH bigger brooder area than we're expecting.
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  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    How many and how long you plan to Brood indoors helps too.
  9. Celticdragonfly

    Celticdragonfly Chirping

    May 17, 2018
    Saginaw, TX
    3, and 6 to 8 weeks.
  10. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    I hatched out a couple of chicks today.
    Tomorrow they will get a slim tree branch perch about one inch from the floor. I will raise it every couple of days.
    They will be outside within a week.
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