Pick my roost

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ducks4you, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. ducks4you

    ducks4you Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    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.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014
  2. GNRMorgans

    GNRMorgans Songster

    Dec 31, 2013
    Chase,BC Canada
    well...I have a couple of different types of roosts. Inside the coop, I use 2x4's so they can keep their feet warm in the winter. Seems to work well and they haven't had any feet issues. I keep a poop board under for easy cleaning.

    Out in the run, I have some natural perches with about 2" diameter branches - they love those too. I wouldn't go narrower - wider is better for their balance.

    Hope that helps!
  3. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chirping

    Mar 25, 2014
    Canby, Oregon
    I think either the 2x4 or 2x8 would be just fine. I like giving them a flat surface cuz that's what my chickens prefer when given a choice.

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