roost dimensions from ceiling

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pysankigirl, May 31, 2012.

  1. pysankigirl

    pysankigirl Songster

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    I am building a coop. it is an a-frame so it gets tight at the top, but I know chickens like to roost as high as possible. how far from a slanted ceiling should a roost be?
     
  2. chfite

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    l would suggest enough room for your tallest chicken.

    Chris
     
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

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    Mine jump to get to the roost, so need a bit of head room and wing space to land. A reason to not crowd the roosting rods.

    Also remember the length of the bird while sitting on the roost, enough space in front and in back of the roost. Don't know what size birds you have. I like minimun=m of 10" off the back and 14-16" to jump up. Though chickens are very able and 14-16 is generous. So hopping up requires the most space to accomplish getting on the roost; then they like to squish together and take up far less room.
     
  4. pysankigirl

    pysankigirl Songster

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    LOL I don't know how big my chickens will be when they grow up. I have never had Chickens before. and they are currently only 4 weeks old.

    so I guess part of what I am asking is: how big IS a full sized Chicken.
     
  5. pysankigirl

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    I have babies right now: Welsummers, Barnvelders, Marans and Dorkings

    not sure how big they will get. I am trying to build their pen prior to them actually needing it.
     
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

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    My marans are LARGE birds. ANd I think the others you listed are as well, though I have never seen any, they are old breeds and fairly large if they come from breeders.

    A leghorn is about 4-5 pounds and the marans is much heavier. THe dimensions I gave you sould work.
     
  7. pysankigirl

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    Thanks!!! I will design accordingly!
     

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