PVC ROOST ? (little help please)

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  1. gavi

    gavi New Egg

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    I am building a PVC tractor. And I want to know is a 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe to big for golden sex links to roost on. Or should I run smaller PVC at the top, or is wood better. Or do they care ?
    Any thoughts or suggesting's would be appreciated.
     
  2. sdm111

    sdm111 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would use a piece of a tree branch or at least a wood board. Pvc seems too slippery to me.
     
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  3. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pvc I would find slippery also possibly cold depending on your location, also depending on how far you span it and how many supports you have it may bend quite a lot with 6 grown hens on it. I went out in the woods where I had previously cut down some maple trees and cut some appropriately sized limbs off of the top, I would use natural tree limb first and if I couldn't get that I would just use a 2x2 or 2x4
     
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I wouldn't use PVC for roosts either. We use the wide side of a 2x4.
     
  5. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    agree!!!!
     
  6. bluefrog87

    bluefrog87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm building something similar. You can use it but you have to add texture it with another material like a rubber mat or PVC cement and it's fine. This gives a non slip grip but you have to change it every so often. You can use a variety of materials personally I'm looking for dish washer safe cooking mats like thin rubber cutting boards. This way I can hose it, soak it and put it in the dish washer to sanitize it.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FPX4G2/ref=twister_B00F1HXJGE

    don't use any color in the red family.
     
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  7. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ^This^ The larger flat area is best for them. They do seem to prefer wider vs. narrow.
     
  8. bluefrog87

    bluefrog87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think PVC is an awesome material and there is a way to make it work


    There is 2x4 PVC lumbar available at home depot. It is typically used for decking so it is strong and has a non slip texture because it's flooring. However adding more doesn't hurt.

    Will set up diagram in a bit

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Frame-It-All-Composite-Plastic-Timber-Wood-Grain-300001010/100588411


    PVC roost are great as long as they have the right texture. They reduce disease because they can be sanitized easier. Wood will never pass a germ test. PVC is a strong versatile material. It has plenty advantages.
     
  9. bluefrog87

    bluefrog87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok this is a 5 min drawing that would need to have measurements added but this could be a nice roost. I know the way the concept drawing spacing of the roost bars are off and I have a different number of bars on the bottom vs the top. But it's a buildable concept
     
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