PVC roost?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by topeka, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. topeka

    topeka Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2008
    Northeast Missouri
    Does anyone know of any pictures of a roost made out of PVC? I built a large roost out of plywood, 1x2s and chicken wire which hold

    about 50 birds. I was wondering if a PVC set up might be simpler to build easier to clean, be more streamlined, take up less space etc.

    Any ideas?
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    I have heard the PVC is too slick for them to roost well on it. I'd go with 2x4's or something else.
  3. topeka

    topeka Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2008
    Northeast Missouri
    Quote:Wood is great, but once it covered with chicken waste it just never is quite the same as the day it was built. I thought if I really got

    motivated I could drag the PVC roost out of the house and wash it down? If the bars were too slippery I wonder if I could rough it up with

    sand paper or something?
  4. jjdward

    jjdward How bout them DAWGS!

    May 4, 2009
    Buchanan, Georgia
    Quote:I had the same idea but after I done some asking around and some research, I found that chickens prefer more of a square roost. I used treated 2x4's and they love them. As far as the poop, I guess that's just par for the course!! [​IMG]
  5. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Nothing is ever quite as nice as the day before the chickens move in....though I'm sure they would not agree with that. If you are concerned about cleaning the roost, you can make it removable. Coat it with several coats of exterior paint. If you "steam clean" the roost, by throwing a hot, wet rag on it, leave it a couple of minutes, you really can get it pretty clean. They do seem much more comfortable on a "flattish" kind of roost.
  6. MowNGrow

    MowNGrow Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2010
    As a rule is pvc ok to use when making your coop? We are building our 2nd coop out of recycled materials from an old swingset and have a pvc slide that we were thinking of using for the bottem of the coop nesting box. Ideas? We are using wood from the old sandpit to build the roof and walls of the nesting box.

    As far as roosts go are round not a good idea at all? Again with recycling I have a old set of wooden munkey bars that would be ideal. If needed to be more square we could reshape them...
  7. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2009
    Western PA
    I have a round wooden roost my turkey roosts on and he also roosts on a square one. I suggest not using PVC or metal cause its kinda slippy...wood has a better texture. 2nd most important thing about roosts...poop board hahah
  8. MowNGrow

    MowNGrow Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2010
    HAHA I am probably making more work for myself than I really need too. My girls free range and have a great coop. Us humans often make more work for ourselves. Am taking pix of our Mow n Grow to see what you all think. Post later tonight.
  9. Duke of Orpington

    Duke of Orpington Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    You could use the square PVC fence posts I guess if you just really want PVC. Yes, they could be 'roughed' up a bit for texture. Obviously they are more expensive than PVC pipe though.
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I wouldn't use pipe for a roost.

    I have wood 2 X 2s and that is perfect for AZ where it doesn't get cold and the chickens need to stay cool

    I actually have one 2 x 4 on it's side and the chickens don't use it. They prefer the 2 X 2s. here in AZ.

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