roost areas

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by broe, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. broe

    broe New Egg

    Feb 25, 2009
    does the roost area for chickens have to be inside a coop or can you have an outdoor one
  2. nicktide

    nicktide Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 16, 2008
    Boonsboro, MD
    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.
  3. brian8jr

    brian8jr New Egg

    Aug 24, 2008
    Milo, Maine
    Definately want a roosting area on the inside. They like to be inside at nite and up high!
  4. CTChickenMom

    CTChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2009
    SE Connecticut
    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.

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