Roosting Beam Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dalcombright, May 18, 2019.

  1. dalcombright

    dalcombright In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2019
    Kingston, MA
    what is ideal to get the hens up to the roosting beam. random places steps or a ramp like so (obviously there will be batons all the way up it).

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    That ramp is very steep. I don't think you need the roost to be that high. Mine get up on higher roosts by hoping on lower ones first.
  3. En Plein Air Farms

    En Plein Air Farms Songster

    Feb 14, 2010
    Kalama SW Washington
    are you not going to have a poop board? My roost is slanted at about waist hight to maybe a foot higher at the back. I used three rows of roosts, with three different size wood rods, I couldn't find a consistent answer to what size round is best :)

    I'm thinking that high of a roost is going to make the climbing board a bit of a nuisance for you? Beautiful full set up, well done
  4. imnukensc

    imnukensc Crowing

    May 22, 2017
    SC Midlands
    Taking things in scale in pictures is sometimes difficult, but if I'm seeing things correctly, any self respecting chicken can easily fly up to that roost. Looks like it's only 3, maybe 3 1/2, feet up. Chicks/toddlers may need a ramp. To decrease the steepness of the ramp, put a cinder block under the low end until it's no longer needed.
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  5. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Depending on how high it is (and if you have any very heavy birds or things like silkies which don't really fly) they should be able to just fly up there. The ramp looks super steep as is but not sure if it's just the photo.
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  7. My ten week olds easily fly up. They don't particularly care for ramps.
  8. eal847

    eal847 Chirping

    Aug 21, 2013
    I had 2x2 perches 3 ft high and the chickens did well with them until I got a couple of hens with bumble foot. I assumed it was caused by irritation from the hard perches since I found no sign of injury. I have since covered my perches with split pool noodles attached with twist ties. Some like the round ones and others enjoy the wavy ones.
  9. janiedoe

    janiedoe Songster

    May 7, 2017
    East Texas
    Your chickens may love the high roost but before you go with that, read about bumble foot. Idk about others but mine never use ramps to get down from anywhere..they fly/jump.
    Poop boards are fantastic time savers and space savers too.
  10. dalcombright

    dalcombright In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2019
    Kingston, MA
    Thanks, yes it’s about 3’ 3” high. Maybe I’ll do the ramp until they can do it themselves. I do plan to do a pool bar, so maybe that’s a step they can do as well?
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