Roost Height

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by katieuppi, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. katieuppi

    katieuppi Songster

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    I previously had two roosts in my henhouse, one at 2 ft tall and one at 4 ft tall. The girls have been plucking my BCM's feathers from her bum either when she's on the 2 ft roost, or when she's in the 4 ft roost and the others are on the 2 ft. I removed the 2 ft tall roost, but now I'm concerned that 4 ft is too tall all by itself. Will they hurt their feet hopping down? The roosts are 7 ft long, so plenty of room for all 4 girls. Thanks!
     
  2. naf_appaz

    naf_appaz Songster

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    My roosts are that high but I have a chicken ladder I made for them to get up and down on...
     
  3. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    They don't hop down from 4 feet, they fly down. How far is the wall or other obstruction from the roost?

    JT
     
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  4. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Crowing

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    Provided they have a soft surface for landing they should be fine. Hard surfaces such as gravel or cement can ultimately lead to bumble foot.
     
  5. katieuppi

    katieuppi Songster

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    They have about 7 feet between their roost and the opposite wall. Do you think it's enough?
     
  6. katieuppi

    katieuppi Songster

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    It's a wood floor with about 5 inches of pine shavings.
     
  7. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Crowing

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    They should be fine then. :)
     
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  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    It sounds fine. If some birds can't get up there, add a step stool of some sort to assist.
    Mary
     
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  9. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    The minimum distance for an average chicken is the height plus a few steps to stop in without bumping the wall. 7 feet is great!

    JT
     
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  10. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Crowing

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    IMG_3687.JPG IMG_3688.JPG Mine have a lower perch and a ladder for those that want to go higher. The shelf above doesn't overhang the perch below , that way no one gets pooped on. :lau
     
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