roosting bar

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by captbridgers, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. captbridgers

    captbridgers Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2015
    I have seen photos of roosting bars ranging from unknown diameter tree limbs, 2x2's with rounded-off edges to simple round rods, also with indeterminate diameters. My girls have pretty large feet as they are Barred Rocks, Americanas, & Rhode Island Reds. I was wondering if I should try & make some 3x3's (from 4x4's)with rounded edges to give them a better foothold. Any suggestions from experience out there? Is there an article anywhere to which I might refer? Many thanks!! captbridgers
  2. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot

    Aug 20, 2015
    Rockingham NC
    I use 2x4's with the wide part for the hens feet to flatten out on.
  3. Donna R Raybon

    Donna R Raybon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2016
    Chickens don't perch and grip with feet very strongly. Really what they do is squat more than grip. What you want is enough width for them to stand on, but not wide enough to catch manure. Actually for standard size birds a two by four turned with wide side for perching will work.
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I use tree branches/ saplings, from 2.5" to 4" diameter, and the birds do fine. Mary

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