Roosting bar question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by reddog1970, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. reddog1970

    reddog1970 Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Cape Cod
    Hi there,

    I am putting the finishing touches on the coop and run this weekend and hoping to get my Buff Orpington chicks out into the coop (all weather permitting). I was wondering what most people use for a bar? I have seen 2 x 4's used, a friend told me 2 x 3's are better. I was wondering about round dowels or are 2 x3 or 2x 4's better on the flat?

  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    In areas where it gets cold in the winter flat 2x3s or 2x4s are better so they can keep their feet warm. I don't know if it makes much difference between 2x3s or 4s other than 3s are a little cheaper cost. I didn't round the edges of 2x4s and my chickens seem happy and comfortable.
  3. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pembroke, Ma.
    I use 2x4's on the flat. Works well for me. Easy for chickens to move around on and good for warmth in winter (covering the feet).
  4. jimlas

    jimlas Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Just wondering what is wrong with a good sturdy tree branch? That it what they would be using in the wild. When I kept finches I would take out the dowels in any new cage immediately and put in a natural perch. One with different thicknesses to excercise the foot.
  5. ben is a terror

    ben is a terror Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2011
    we had alot of tree limbs come down some 3 4" around can I just use these? Do you use pressure treated wood?
  6. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I simply use tree branches or saplings about 1 1/2" thick
  7. Toothless Willie

    Toothless Willie Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2011
    I went to a lot of effort creating two removable roosts in the coop. They fit in joist hangers and can be pulled out for cleaning. All 12 of the gang could fit on one of them and did for a month or more. Now 7-9 of them ignore the roosts and roost on the ceiling joist another foot or more above the roosts intended for them. Probably won't bother on the next coop.
  8. Toothless Willie

    Toothless Willie Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2011
    Quote:While I did use PT 2x2 roosts in the coop, it is not required unless you plan to hose them down often. A good exterior paint or polyuretaine on bare wood is a good idea. In the run we use Ratan,(the structural material they make wicker furniture out of) about an inch and a half around. Many of the chickens use them off and on all day long. I am not sure they would like something 3-4 inches, though if that was the only choice they would adjust.
  9. People are more picky than the chickens when it comes to preferred roosts. Tree branches are fine. In colder climates the bigger the branch the better. Even boards can be used. 2x3's and 2x4's all work. 2x2's will work as well, but in colder climates it's nice knowing you have something bigger for them to roost on to keep their feet from freezing.

    I personally use 2 1/4'' dowels at the moment and the chickens aren't complaining. But have used 2x4's, on the flat, and that worked as well. During the day most of my chickens like to perch on the hitching posts that I made out of 4'' tree stakes.
  10. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Dowel pin's will work the only thing I've noticed when I used them is the chicken's had a hard time keeping their balance. Especially, in the evening while trying to figure out who sleep's where nightmare. They were falling off so I changed to 2x4 & its working better.

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