Roost

RebelChief

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I have constructed my poop trays. They are 42 wide and 28 deep. One on each side above the nest boxes. Based on the depth, should I do 2 or 3 roost bars inside the coop.
 

aart

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My board is 12' long x 24" deep. I have 1 roost bar in the middle, all the poop stays on the tray. Some of them roost along the front of the board, but they all face front, again keeping all the poop on the board.
Same here.
But the roost centered over 24" works well, mine is just high enough(8") to reach under to clean with a short handled hoe. Lower roost is less chance of 'overshoots'.
 

Cryss

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Mine is 7 feet in both directions meeting in the corner. It is 24 inches wide. The roost is 8 inches above the poop board and runs directly through the middle. I have not had anything on my walls yet since the girls moved in, about 3-4 months ago. The floor rarely has poop on it, maybe once a week, because they usually poop outside during the day, pooping only on the poop boards during the night. I use pdz on the poop boards. There is no odor in my coop unless someone has just dropped one. The whole thing is about waist high so there is no bending while scooping. I can't even tell you how much I love this method and the measurements. It's perfect.
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aart

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There is one of these on both sides. 40 inches wide and 28 inches deep. With 8 chickens could I do one bar over each and that would be enough?

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One would be good, for reasons we mentioned earlier.
They may roost on front edge board too or even right on the sand,
rather than use the one at other end of coop as they like to be 'together'.

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