Roost Size

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WetHen, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. WetHen

    WetHen New Egg

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    My still growing hens are happily roosting on a closet rod -- it's 1-3/8 inches in diameter. I've read that the ideal size for a roost is 2 inches in diameter. Is the small size roost a problem for full grown hens? I have some full-size cochins and buff orps so some pretty big birds when they are mature.
     
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    I would recommend a 2" x 3" board, with the 3" side up. Chicken's toes don't curl & grip the way songbirds and parrots toes do.

    I'm sure other's will voice an opinion too.
     
  3. Dilly

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    Hello all.

    I read that i t is best to use a 2x4 for roost material. Got it.

    Now how far off the wall should the roost be so they do nnot poop all down the wall?

    Will a four foot long roost be suitable for six hens? I would prefer not to have more than one roost and keep it over the removable poop bin. I am afraid if I put any lower ones the hens will just poop on one another. :eek:

    Next is if My roost is at say five foot high, will I need to put in a latter for them. If so, should the latter be solid, if not, how far apart should the steps be? I am thinking of building the latter out of 2x2's if that would work.

    So come on you experts help this dilly girl build her ladies the very best efficient coop possible. [​IMG]
     
  4. WetHen

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    When you say, 3" side up ... do you mean that they are actually standing (roosting) on the 3" side? Thanks.
     
  5. Dilly

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    Hi Yes from what I haev picked up the chickens need the larger area to stand on. Thus why they recommend not using rods etc.
     
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am going to use 2 X 4's for my roosts with the 4" side up. That way my chickens can just sit/balance comfortably without wearing their little toes out trying to grip a board all night long! [​IMG]
     

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