Roost length

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

  1. cravenchx

    cravenchx Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    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 Crowing

    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 Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    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 Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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 Songster

    Oct 2, 2010
    Slidell, Louisiana
    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.
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    More and longer is better. That sounds like a tight squeeze.
  7. cravenchx

    cravenchx Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    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:gig. 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 In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2011
    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 Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    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 Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    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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