Roost Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by brownfarms, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. brownfarms

    brownfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've decided to do all of my roosts on the same plane so chickens don't fight over the top. They are going to be about 5' feet high. What do I need to make so they can get up that high? Any pictures?
     
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    We made a sort of small ladder for them to go up made of rungs of 2x2s, each maybe 12" long and attached to one central 2x2 support. They were spaced up the ladder maybe 6" apart from the floor to the roost.

    Some chickens used it; others flew up to the roost. It depended on their size and flight ability.
     
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    I'm only 5 feet tall, so I wouldn't want to have to try to clean a roost that high [​IMG]

    Seriously, I think it would depend on what breeds you have. We have standard breeds and some of them have trouble making it to the roost that is 3 1/2 feet high.

    Our Lakenvelder, Hamburg and Dominique get to the barn beams at 6 1/2 feet by flying off the first roost.

    Even at one level, they will still argue over who gets to sit where.

    Here are some pics that might help you see what I'm talking about.

    Ladder, tree branch roosts at 3 1/2' and dark brown barn beams along the back wall at 6 1/2'. The tree branch by itself on the left is no longer there. We put the nest boxes on the 1/2 wood wall.

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    Close up of ladder, tree branch roosts, window and dog door we use for chicken door.

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    Last edited: Aug 9, 2008

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