Roosting perches???!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nikki1, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So...Hubby and I have a stack of lumber and hardware cloth in the garage, I have detailed plans on paper, I think I got nest boxes figured out, but I'm baffled as to perches. Here are the things I need to wrap my head around:
    --round or rectangular...or does it matter?
    --How much perch space per standard hen?
    --How thick do they need to support the ladies?
    --How high off the floor of the henhouse?

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

    --Nikki
     
  2. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Thanks, guys! Lots of useful information! I'm thinking maybe a closet pole-sized dowel. My henhouse will be 4x6, so two 4-foot perches sounds like will work for my 6 girls.

    Thanks again!


    --Nikki
     
  5. Oosik

    Oosik Out Of The Brooder

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    Use 2x2 or 2x3 lumber. It's much easier for the hens to hold onto the lumber. A closet pole is too slick and the hens will not be as comfortable.
     
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    A closet dowel pole is much too small in diameter unless you have bantams.
     
  7. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gotcha! No dowel, go lumber. Oddly, I went lumber hunting earlier this winter, and couldn't find 2x3 at Lowe's, Home Depot, or at our local family-owned place. Is it out of style, or do I need to keep looking?
     
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Do you have any woodlots near you? If so, just walk over and grab you a good, strong appropriately-sized sapling and save yourself the money and time. I've always found them to make the best roosts...poop doesn't seem to want to pile up on the roundness of the roost and it fits the claw so well.
     
  9. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps


    2x4 on the flat works great.

    RobertH
     
  10. dollydaylillies

    dollydaylillies Out Of The Brooder

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    so if you use saplings trees for perches how do you attach them to the structure and keep them from rolling?
     

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