Roosting Bar - 2x4 or 4x2? Which side goes "up?"

NonnasBabies

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Sep 20, 2009
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They like to perch on the 4", wider side. It also helps they keep their feet warmer in winter.

X2 Definetly the flat side!!​
 

KDK1

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Jun 29, 2011
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I use a 2X2 with the corners eased a bit... My chickens like this set up. And I know this cause they told me so!
Seriously... they'll use whatever you put in there, although they do prefer about a 3" round Stick, log, dowel, whatever!
 

gale65

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Aug 19, 2010
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All the sides are flat.
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RGBistro

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Jun 17, 2011
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Thanks, all! Some of my fluffy butts are going to be extra large (i.e. brahma and barred rock), so I'm thinkin' they'd love 4" of perching space.

- Kim
 

ll

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No offense to the 2" up-siders, but everyone should have a 4" flat for the birds to roost on.

I made a new perch this week, raised quite high so I could get a good view of them perching ~
with a four inch flat side not only can they sit on their feet to keep them warm, they can also keep their legs warm.

IMHO much better!
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ll

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I can definitely see how the extra leg warmth would benefit colder areas ~ but balance, idk? bigger=better?
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But not everyone lives in a cold climate. Someone posted a while back about how their chicks had trouble balancing on a 4" perch.
 

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