roof top chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by artisan1, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. artisan1

    artisan1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All,

    I have recently started a roof-top vegetable farm on top of a commercial building in Milwaukee (flat roof). I am hoping on adding some chickens, but am wondering about how chickens will do in the heat of the summer, the cold of the winter, and on the asphalt roof where I don't have the raised beds for the vegetables. Could chickens be allowed to range free on the roof (I have 2' parapets)?

    I would love any feedback and others' experience with any project similar to this. I will try to post a picture to show the general layout as of now.

    Thanks!

    Erik
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I wouldn't hestitate to raise chickens on the roof, but I don't think I would let them free range
     
  3. artisan1

    artisan1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the response. Why not free range them?
     
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    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great project! Free ranging might include free flying right off the roof! I've seen roof top gardens and what a good use of space!
     
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    Thanks, it's been an interesting project. My knowledge of chickens comes mainly from the movie, Chicken Run. Can I get breeds that won't fly? Thanks for all the help.
     
  6. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    While there are some breeds that fly less than others, they still would be able to fly off the roof. Landing from a height that they didn't attain from the own efforts would result in a severely damaged chicken. Even clipping their wings would not prevent them from going off the roof. With some of the heavy breed chickens you might be able to do it if you install a six foot high fence around the entire area you plan to let them free range it. I remember an episode of "WKRP in Cincinnati" when they sponsored a Thanksgiving turkey giving away. Les Nesman hired a helicopter to drop domestic turkey at a shopping center. Splattered birds everywhere. I think you might be courting a similar ending to free ranging roof chickens.
     
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    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    artisan1 If you haven't already, go through the coop section, there just might be something that would fit with your roof design and keep your chickens in!
     
  8. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you give them some shade in the summer, and protection from severe cold in the winter, I think they should do ok, but, I certainly wouldn't let them run loose on the roof with only a 2 ft parapet. My chicks at 10 weeks can fly straight up 4 ft or higher. I'd build them a nice run with an enclosed roof so other birds can't get in to eat theri food, or them.
     
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    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with all above, but mainly want to say AWESOME and stay n touch because we will all want pictures!
     
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