roosting bars

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ldemmert, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. ldemmert

    ldemmert In the Brooder

    What diameter shoud the roosting bars be? I have barred rocks. Should it be smooth or can I use a tree with the bark still on? BTW The tree died because I cut it down, not from disease.
     

  2. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Songster

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    We have used and still are using tree limbs. We also use some long skinny boards that we bought from Lowes. Any thing will work. Be creative!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Mikeeeeeeeeee

    Mikeeeeeeeeee Songster

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    I have a 1 1/2" limb for my banties.
    I have a 2 - 2 1/2" limb for my standards.
    You will see them on either.
     
  4. redoak

    redoak Songster

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    I use a 2 x 4 with the wide side up for a roost. It's wide enough that in the winter they sit on their feet/toes and help keep them warm.
     
  5. 1brahmamama

    1brahmamama In the Brooder

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    Old wooden broom handles work great.
     
  6. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

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    i have a 2 x 4 I think with flat side up, held up with those metal corner shaped shelf brackets. I had read that if they can sit on top of their feet and toes they will keep them warm. I think the limbs will work as long as they are a large enough diameter.
     
  7. bkbuz1987

    bkbuz1987 In the Brooder

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    I have 2 x 4's now to help keep their feet warm at night. Before that I had 2 x 2's.
     

  8. I had 2x2 and switched to 2x4 so their tootsies will stay warmer. I also think my chickens look more comfortable on the wider roost.
     

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