perching issues

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by swap, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. swap

    swap New Egg

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    Hi...I have a coop that is 4'x4'x4' that the previous person followed from a coop building book. so there is a raised shelve in the back for the nesting boxes and a perch which is a 2"x4" 48"" in length) wide side down for a perching bar. We just received new pullets and there are 4 average size hens 2 brown leghorns and 2 hampshires and bantams, 2 seabrights. As of now four are roosting in the supposed future nesting are and the two bantams are on the rod.

    I am afraid they will continue to roost like this and then we will have a messy nesting box area. I am stumped on what I can do to remedy this or is it not a big deal if they roost and lay eggs in the same place?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Sounds like you need to enlarge the building or add a taller area for roosting.
    4X4 is just big enough for 4 birds.
    The roost needs to be significantly higher than the nests or they'll sleep in the nests which is a bad thing.
    Perhaps temporarily if you put a top on the nests they'll sleep on top of them and not IN the nests.
    That still isn't appropriate. They need a roost bar so they aren't sleeping in feces.
     
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    You are trying to house WAY too many birds in that small of a coop....time to build a bigger coop!
     

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