1. slystr

    slystr Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    Dallas TX
    right now I am using an old broom handle as a roost pole.

    the girls hop onto it but don't seem to stay very long. Is there something better I should use?
  2. I have chicks that look the same age as yours.
    Mine will not roost yet and are happier just standing on a skinny block of wood on the floor.
    Perhaps lower the roost and see if that works.
  3. ThunderStruck

    ThunderStruck Songster

    May 18, 2007
    Sterling, Ohio
    maybe something flat. like a 2x4 with the flat side up. by the looks of your tractor you should be able to make a supports for the 2x4 come up off of your bottom floor rails. then all you have to do is mount the 2x4 from one side to the other.
  4. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    Something either big like a 2x4 or bigger around. Looks like their having a hard time staying on top of such a small pole.
  5. joanna

    joanna In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007
    certainly not trying to jack your thread...but I've been wondering...

    what's the "perfect" roost?
  6. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Songster

    May 14, 2007
    SW Indiana
    Chicks don't seem comfortable with "roosting" until they're at least a few months old and even then it's sporadic. They seem to feel safer just huddling on the ground. If they were with their mama she would stay on the ground with them for at least the first 2-3 months. Our chicks by mail seemed to just enjoy jumping on and off of perches during the day just for playing around sake.
    Amy J.
  7. Yes they may be too young, make sure that the pole doesnt move as well!
  8. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    We use tree branches of different sizes.
  9. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    I just put a roost in for my girls last night.. LOL actually I called it a "training roost" since it is maybe 1.5 in off the floor! I basically nailed a long scrap of 2x4 to two scrap blocks of wood. They don't sleep on it.. well one (my fav. little Sally) tried, but her sisters and brother weren't done pecking at the thing yet, so they scooted her off! Mostly they just like to peck it, and hop on and off. They seem to prefer huddling on the floor to sleep. They can't kink their necks at odd angles on the roost, after all!

  10. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    My chicks started roosting when they were two weeks old. I just put a couple 2x4's up on their edge in the brooder box and they were happy. They all used the temporary perches.

    At 8 weeks, they were flying up to their night-time roost 30" off the coop floor and were happy there as well. In their run, I put their original 2x4's which had been used in the brooder and they loved it.

    It is never too early to introduce roosting. The size of the roost depends on the breed of chicken. Bantams don't need something as large and sturdy as standards. Standards like to have something they can "lay" on as opposed to "perch"; therefore, standards prefer a 2x4 layed flat so they can lounge on it.

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