Roost questions...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TubbyChicken, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. TubbyChicken

    TubbyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a lot of branches to use as roosts but have a few questions...Should the bark be removed and how would I go about it? (I've heard the bark can house mites and lice). Would sand paper work?

    Are round roosts preferable to flat?

    Does anyone have pictures of their roosts to share?
     
  2. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i never used branches but you do want them flat like take a 2x4 and lay it so the flat side is up here are some pictures of my roosts. hope this helps you out..

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  3. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never heard of bark causing mites. I do know you don't want your roosts to be smooth. Certainly, chickens evolved to roost on branches with bark.

    Flat roosts seem popular here, but I've never seen anywhere else where anything but rounded lumber was recommended. But they seem to work.
     
  4. dustbath

    dustbath Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have both flat, smooth 2X4s as roosts and branches with bark. The chickens almost always roost on the branches. It never occurred to me to remove the bark but I suppose it would at least be easier to see mites on the smooth wood.
     
  5. KrisRose

    KrisRose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    Bark dosn't cause mites but it can provide a home for them. With all the cracks and crevices it will be difficult to get rid of them.
    Chickens prefer a flat surface, esp. the heavier breeds. They do not grip as well as the wild Jungle Fowl they are descended from.
    I use a branch in their run for fun. Their roost in the coop are a 2x4 flat side up. My co-worker recommended rounded wood but then told me about how her chickens lost some of their toes in winter [​IMG].
     
  6. TubbyChicken

    TubbyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think the bark can cause mites...just harbor them a little easier!

    I'm thinking I may just find the smoothest branches and use them with the bark intact. If I have any issues I'll just sand and replace. Thanks!
     
  7. TubbyChicken

    TubbyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yikes! Now I think I might just go ahead with some wood planks. I wouldn't want my chickies losing any toes. [​IMG]
     
  8. dustbath

    dustbath Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the toe problem with flat roosts? Please educate me! Thanks.
     
  9. KrisRose

    KrisRose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    Its the round wood dowels she was using for her chickens roost. In winter the feathers don't cover their toes and they got frostbit and lost some of them [​IMG].
     

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