Roosting pole height?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Peeps298, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Peeps298

    Peeps298 In the Brooder

    Sep 28, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    What is a decent height to set roosting poles at inside my coop? What is a reasonable height for a chicken to fly up to from the floor inside their coop?

  2. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Songster

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Roosts in my coop are 18" ans 36" from the floor and the girls love them. They are also above the nestboxes, not vice-versa. Higher roosts ensure the chooks won't sleep (and poop) in the nestboxes. Others have done the opposite but I have read in a few sources to put the roosts higher.
  3. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    It depends on your chicken's breed, too. Silkies can't fly so their roosts need to be jump level. The big heavy breeds can hurt their legs jumping down from high roosts. But my bantams are able and agile fliers, and they enjoy a higher roost. My roosts are around 4 1/2 to 5 feet high...and they'd roost higher if they could. I had to get one down off the roof of our garage yesterday!

    By the way, flatter roosts are better for a chicken's feet, so don't use an actual round pole.

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