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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by broe, Feb 25, 2009.
does the roost area for chickens have to be inside a coop or can you have an outdoor one
My cage has a 3x4 indoor area and a 5x4 outdoor area with the roost located in the outdoor area. They almost allways roost outside unless it's around 15 degrees or less. I guess they would prefer an indoor roost and my new coop will have one, but for now they are getting along ok.
Definately want a roosting area on the inside. They like to be inside at nite and up high!
Chickens need a place to roost at night. If your chickens are in a well protected run (i.e hardware cloth buried in the ground around the run and over the top of the run) and its warm weather, I would think they'd be fine outside. Inside the coop they are protected from the elements. I would put a smaller roost outside for daytime naps but put it in a shady area. Definitely need one (or two) inside for sleepy time.