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

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RGBistro, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. RGBistro

    RGBistro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen roosting bars with the 2" side up, I've seen them with the 4" side up. What do your fluffy butts prefer?!

    - Kim
     
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    They like to perch on the 4", wider side. It also helps they keep their feet warmer in winter.
     
  3. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    scratch'n'peck :

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

    X2 Definetly the flat side!!​
     
  4. HogbackMtnChickns

    HogbackMtnChickns Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even my bantams like the 4" side up. They fluff their feathers over their feet to keep them warm.
     
  5. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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!
     
  6. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:All the sides are flat. [​IMG]
     
  7. RGBistro

    RGBistro Chillin' With My Peeps

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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
     
  8. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    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! [​IMG]
     
  9. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:But not everyone lives in a cold climate. Someone posted a while back about how their chicks had trouble balancing on a 4" perch.
     
  10. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can definitely see how the extra leg warmth would benefit colder areas ~ but balance, idk? bigger=better? [​IMG]

    Quote: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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