roost in brooder coop when

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by woodward farms, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. woodward farms

    woodward farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    at what age can you add a roost to a brooder coop. i have BR and RIR at what age can they sleep on a roost? and what size? and how high ?


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  2. WillsMama93

    WillsMama93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are 4 weeks and 2 weeks, and they love their perch! As a matter of fact, my smallest chick started using it before the big girls! I started off with it close to the ground, they could literally step up on it as they walked around in the pine shavings. Then I moved it up to just above the tallest chick's head (about 6 inches) Last night I fixed it up higher, about 9 inches off the bottom of the brooder. I have bantams, and had ben using a thick stick as a roost.. but tonight it will be changed to a 1X2 so they have more stability and comfort.

    Here's a pic of Bambi (2 weeks old) on the roost in the 6 inch position..

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    and my tiny Bob, she was the first to hop up there!

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  3. thepone

    thepone Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm awfully new at this and wingin' it every day but for fun I stuck a stick in the brooder when the chicks were about 10 days old and within a day or two a couple of the Golden Comets had figured it out. They're now 2 1/2 weeks and I've seen up to 5 of the 12 hanging out on it. They're still sleeping in the shavings but hang out on the stick for fun.
     
  4. WillsMama93

    WillsMama93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, last night 5 of my girls were on the roost at bedtime, and I thiught they might sleep there, but I found them this morning cuddling in the corner of the brooder.. so sweet!
     

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