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  1. jschway

    jschway Out Of The Brooder

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    2x4 for a wide surface or a dowel rod for a rounded surface the can wrap their feet around?

    Thanks!
     
  2. highpointfarm

    highpointfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2012
    Orange County NY
    I prefer Tree branches.. Its more natural... I have never used anything else....
     
  3. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IMO.....You can use what ever you have. Tree branches w/bark.....2x4's.....The only thing it needs to do......besides long enough for the # of chickens you have....is to be wide enough for them to get their breast feathers over their toes in winter to keep them warm.
     
  4. heybarb

    heybarb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We put our roosts in this morning and we just used tree branches. They love them!!
     
  5. Cotton42

    Cotton42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used handrails left over from fixing up our house. They work great!
     
  6. pinkribbons4

    pinkribbons4 Out Of The Brooder

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    The gentleman who built our coop used apple tree branches and they look [​IMG]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
     
  7. HSMomma3

    HSMomma3 Out Of The Brooder

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    We're just finishing up our coop for our 18 "babies", and we are wanting to use natural roosts too - we have a few 3-4 inch diameter trees that we've recently cut down... Do any of you know whether pine and/or cedar trees are ok to use? Particularly I'm worried if the sap will bother their feet? (The logs are sticky right now, may dry out a little over time, I don't know) Any advice or experience with these? Thanks!!
     
  8. Cotton42

    Cotton42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that cedar can be toxic to chickens, so I wouldn't use it for your roosts. I think pine would be ok.
     
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  9. HSMomma3

    HSMomma3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh wow, I didn't know that about cedar - Thanks so much for the advice!!!
     
  10. Kadjain

    Kadjain Chillin' With My Peeps



    Here's my coop at night. You can see that most of my birds prefer the natural branches to cut lumber.
     

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