Hello all, I am putting a new roost in our coop before Winter here, right now the chickens are split between two smaller roosts and I would like them all to be able to be together on one. Unlike the current roosts, this one I am attaching to the walls and building a raised poop board for, so I want to make sure the height is right before I get going, because I'm not moving this one. They are probably about 3 1/2 or 4 feet up right now. I was thinking of putting the new one a bit higher. Ideally, I would like to hang the food and water underneath and move the nest boxes under there as well, so I would like it to be high enough to comfortably get under there for food and water changes and egg collecting. But not so high as to risk Bumblefoot. The biggest breed we have are Leghorns. There is about about 8 feet in front of the roost to fly down in, and the coop floor is sand / dirt. Our oldest birds right now are about 2 1/2 years, but we plan on keeping them for the extent of their lives should they evade hawks, etc. that long, so as a permanent roost I want to make sure it is usable by older birds as well. I know I can add a ladder, and I probably will, but I have heard from other people that while their chickens use the ladder to get up, they fly down anyway, and have gotten Bumblefoot that way. So I don't want to depend on the ladder to prevent it, rather than having the roost at a good height. I remember hearing a golden rule before about deciding roost height, but I don't remember what it was anymore... teehee. Thanks so much!