roost height

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ipie68, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. ipie68

    ipie68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how high should the roost be [​IMG]
     
  2. ipie68

    ipie68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i need to know soon [​IMG]
     
  3. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    18 to 24 inches off the ground.....mine are about 48 inches....but they need a ladder to get up and down from there...
    chickens like to roost up high...it makes htem feel safe!
     
  4. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ipie there really is no "proper" height for roosts. Ours vary from 3 feet at the lowest to 6 feet for the highest one. Like Goldie we have a ladder for ours to get up there. I've seen photos on here of chickens way up in the barn rafters.

    I will say that heavy chickens need roosts lower down . Chickens will use a ladder to get up at night but always seem to fly down. If the roosts are too tall for the heavier chickens they can hurt themselves jumping/flying down.
     
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The top roost in this coop is about eight ft. off the ground & positioned so the birds can look out of a w[​IMG]indow.
     
  6. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have roosts starting 18 inches off the floor all the way to six feet. Most of my adult birds choose to sleep in the seven feet high rafters [​IMG] . They use the bottom three roost as ladders to get higher, but don't sleep on them. I also have a few stubborn chickens that sleep on top of my nest boxes.
     

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