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  1. Hennysmother

    Hennysmother In the Brooder

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    My hens ysed to sleeping and perching in a big cedar tree! Have utilised an old galvanised steel shed for them as they are getting older and need more comforts ! The first perch is 1/2 meter high and the second perch above 1 meter ... is the top perch too high ? ?? The pecking order has been top hen, top perch in the tree ! But i have concerns about the top perch being too high for them causing injury when they jump down ??? Previously they would fly out of the tree ! Any advice anyone ??
     
  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Songster

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    If they flew out of a tree, I don't think they will get hurt when they jump down from the perch you provided.

    What breed are your hens?
     
  3. Hennysmother

    Hennysmother In the Brooder

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    The two big girls ( laying) were given to me as pullets one black, one red so i wouldnt hazard a guess as to what mixed breed ! The other three are Lavender Araucanas and one Silver laced Wyadotte ( old now, not laying) mother of Lavenders! she sleeps on the floor or in the nest box on the floor as her legs so short like a bantam hen! the Lavenders on the bottom perch so far. Love them all ! Thanks for your opinion Bullit ... They seem to be managing perches last three nights ...
     
  4. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster 5 Years

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    Sounds like the roosting bars worked out then? The tallest roosting bar I have in my coop is roughly 68" (so 1.72 meters [​IMG]) and my girls don't fly or jump down from it, the way my roosting boards are set up has kind of created a hop down.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2013
  5. Hennysmother

    Hennysmother In the Brooder

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    Thanks Chirpy Chiks1. Yes ok so far ... I have the perches staggered so the could indeed hop down from top perch to bottom perch to floor - even put ladder in between BUT my chicks have never used ladders or perches before !! Only branches so they will be learning new tricks :). Recent high winds and snow in our winter has prompted the change for my girls housing ...
     

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