I NEED OPINIONS ON MAKING MY ROOSTS. =D Had to start a new thread bc my other thread was ignored. **sigh** I am paring my 20 bird flock down to 6 layers--we're eating the 3 roosters and other 11 hens--bc I'm tired of taking my QH's stall for the birds for the winter. So, we're modifying a house we made for the turkeys I bought in 2011. This is what it looked like new- I put a 1/2 inch thick rubber livestock mat above the pallet on the bottom and I just sealed the roof with rubber ashphalt. It's not going to be a very long lived building, BUT, it's sturdy enough for my birds. The interior is ~4' x 5'. I have several options for the roosts--already bought two nest boxes--and THAT's where I need your opinions. I can make them out of: 2 in x 8 in boards (I have two of those) 2 x 4's 2 1/2 in - 5 in limbs. I have a LOT of trees that I need to pruned or taken out and I can use those limbs. I want my roosts to be free standing, and I may shore up the roof of this building and make a slope next year and use it as an intermediary coop for young birds, like 3 weeks old. In 2015 I am building a coop that will be their home. I started with four chain link dog fencing panels, that I'd bought for a dog I didn't keep, and I've acquired 4 more, including an extra gate panel free, for the runs. So, would it be bad to make 2 x 8 flat roosts? Or, would my birds prefer a natural perch? Everything is "free" bc I won't have to go out and buy these materials.