1. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Hey there! I would like to know what width is preferred for roosting boards. Is two to two and a half inches too small?

    It can get to below zero a few nights during the winter, if that makes any difference.

    Oh, and I have standards, not bantams.

    Any input is really appreciated! [​IMG]
     
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:2-1/2" will be perfect.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    If it gets down to 0F, it is safer to have your roost wider (like the broad side of a 2x4, or a comparable width debarked tree limb) to prevent frostbitten toes.

    You *may* be ok with a 2" roost, but you will fairly certainly be ok with a 4+" one.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  4. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a 2x4 with the wide side up for a roost. Last winter we had negative 25 F without wind-chill and no frost bitten toes.
     
  5. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I like the 2"x4" idea, too. Your clucks can sit on it without having to grip, and they can settle their bodies down on their entire foot and toes to keep them warm if needed.
     
  6. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    I'm completing my coop this weekend to get my 6 1/2 wk olds out and I plan on making a ladder type roost with 2 x 4's - long side flat.

    I have a mini roost in their brooder now that is the 2 x 4 and they love it.'

    I noticed when I had the smaller apple tree branch in there, they had to balance on it but on the 2 x 4, they settle right down over their feet and sleep.
     
  7. moonflowers

    moonflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for asking this question! I was about to ask the same thing. One book I read said 2". the other said 4" so I was not sure. Now I can tell my DH that we need to use 2x4s. I am getting on him to get this coop started!!
     
  8. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Thanks everyone! [​IMG] Glad I decided to check here before putting in the roosts!
     
  9. Raleigh

    Raleigh Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm building my first coop and used a few fallen tree limbs.

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