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Roost length

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cravenchx, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 14 chickens. Do you think a 6 ft roost
    is long enough for them all? or do we need two
    6 ft. roost? They are 17 weeks old and getting
    bigger, but they seem to like to be "tight" at night.
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:That sounds too small for me.. I have two 5 ft roosts for 11 birds and I'm going to add another one. I think you should too [​IMG] More roosting space for sure!
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't measured my roost but I'll post a picture of it they use the top & half the one below it[​IMG] & I have 16 pullets in this coop.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree, that's too "tight." Usually you figure 9" or 10" for each, or even 12."

    Some of mine snuggle up close, some spread out. I have (3) 6' roosts and 18 chickens (used to have lots more) and they always use most of two of them.
     
  5. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, Just for FYI I have two 12' roosts in our coop for 31 birds and they only use about half of the space. They seem to like to crowd together, some taking the higher and some taking the lower. I think too that it depends on how big the girls are. Smaller breeds require less room. also if ya have a mixed flock or all oneor two breeds. some are more agressive than others. Just food for thought.
    Erik
     
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    More and longer is better. That sounds like a tight squeeze.
     
  7. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we do have 2 6 ft. roosts. One higher than the other.
    This past Sunday, we were on a mission to build a higher
    one. Well, I had a "great" idea to make a V shaped roost
    higher than the other two. Kinda looks like the stern to
    the Titantic:lau. and they have been getting up there, but
    I think once there are 8 or 9 birds up there, it is difficult for
    the rest to get there. Still trying to figure out how to install
    a poop board. And still trying to figure out how to get the pictures
    from the camara to the computer, so I can post some pictures.
    Technology to me is like Krytonite to Superman![​IMG]
     
  8. smokinjay

    smokinjay Out Of The Brooder

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    I went 1ft per bird in the coop and out in the run. Wound up making it over 2ft a bird once I finished.
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2011
  9. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought the 1 ft per made sense and had built accordingly. My setup consists of 3-foot sections. Guess how the birds like to use them. 5 birds on the "most popular" roost. Sometimes, a bantam would squeeze in to make 6 birds on a 3-foot roost, which involves lots of screaming and commotion.
     
  10. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've found to it best to give them all the room you can and let them decide how much they want to use. Also 12" or more is best between roost poles.
     

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