pullets sleeping on shelf

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gcst, May 2, 2009.

  1. gcst

    gcst Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    I have 6 -12 week old pullets. My son made me a A frame 4x8 coop w/ a dormer window. We put a shelf under the window, because the nesting boxes are under it. Now they are sleeping on the shelf insted of the roosts. Is this going to be a problem?
  2. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    first off welcome to backyard chickens

    and if you dont want them sleeping on the shelf then yea it will probably be a problem
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    My grandma had a shelf all along the back wall of her coop - for a roost - instead of bars, so yeah they like sitting on shelves.

    Maybe yours like to look out the window, hehehe
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Quote:May I suggest you angle the shelf at 45 degrees over the nest boxes? It's what I've done. This angled top will prevent them roosting there and giving you yet another area to clean.
    Their natural inclination is to "go up," so any flat place or perch will be adopted. This is to your advantage, since knowing this, you can eliminate all but those places you wish them to roost.

    Oh yeah - welcome! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 2, 2009
  5. gcst

    gcst Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Well they do like to looking out the window. It is fun to watch them.
    And thank you.
  6. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009

    You've probably noticed by now that they poop a lot when they sleep, so...
  7. gcst

    gcst Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Yes there is a lot more poop on and around the shelf.
    I will have to get my son to help fix it. The problem with a A frame is it is harder to cut a shelf to fit on an angle. Thank you again for all your help. Gail
  8. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    You may consider leaving it, since sweeping poop off of a shelf into a bin is a great easy clean.

    I deliberately have a 24" wide shelf under my roost for my birds for this reason, and cleaning doesn't involve shoveling or bending for me.

    Some of the girls would rather sit on the shelf a few inches under (though in front of) the other girls. It's the same to me either way- I'm not worried about it.
  9. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have put my roosts in front of a 60" by 24" window for the girls to look out of and enjoy the view, perhaps keep an eye on my kids in the back yard for me!!!

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