roosting bar position

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lpfdco237, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. lpfdco237

    lpfdco237 Out Of The Brooder

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    So the coop was just finished but I'm not crazy about the placement of the roosting bars. I made a quick sketch of the coop - it's a 4x4 shed with a 9x10 run. I'll have a max of 8 hens.

    Currently, there are 4 foot bars (2x2's) across the coop.
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    Idea 1 is to move them to go along the left wall - stacking them like so, but I suspect I'll run into lower bar poop issues. This would be the easier option to have a poop box below

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    Or idea 2 is to make a t and have one along the left wall and a higher one along the nesting box wall, but higher than the boxes.[​IMG]

    I don't have any options to enlarge or change the layout of the coop. I'm limited on size by ordinance and all the holes have been cut in the walls for the nesting boxes and doors. Help me work with what I've got please.
     
  2. lpfdco237

    lpfdco237 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just had another thought where I could put the roosting bar across the back of the coop above the nesting boxes and put a ladder going up to it. I could even put two bars parallel at the height so there's plenty of room for everyone without having to worry about a pecking order and who gets top bunk.

    Thoughts?
     
  3. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I didn't see that as a option above?
     
  4. lpfdco237

    lpfdco237 Out Of The Brooder

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    one roosting bar
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    or two roosting bars

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  5. tinakevin

    tinakevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set mine up like option 2 and I have no fighting issues. It's all one level above the nest boxes
     
  6. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I like Idea 2 from first post.
     
  7. lpfdco237

    lpfdco237 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. This would also allow me to put in a poop box easier than having them go in two directions and trying to clean up under them
     
  8. tinakevin

    tinakevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poop boards are wonderful. my roosts r about 4 ft high so I provide them with a smaller bar that they can jump up on to get up or down without Injuring themselves
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    8 birds in a 4x4 coop is probably going to be twice as many birds as will comfortably, and healthily, live in there.
    Roost is best 1 foot away from wall.

    Problem with a poop board/box and the 1 foot from wall means poop board need to be 2 feet wide,
    and then there's little room for the birds to get down without crashing into wall.

    You might want to fit feed and water in there too.
     
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  10. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unfortunately, chickens aren't able to levitate up to the roost. They need to have adequate space for a take-off and landing zone. In a 4x4 space there really isn't much room for more than a single roost placed 1 foot from the wall.
     
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