Roosting Questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenscratch, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. chickenscratch

    chickenscratch In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2007
    Hello. I have 2 questions.

    1-Does it matter if the roost is a round dowel or a square piece of wood like a 1x2 or 2x4 on edge?

    2-The original roost I built for my chickens wasn't very well thought out and they out grew it or so I thought. So I moved it 2 feet away and built it a little different and they won't go on it. Everynight when I go to the coop there they are sitting on top of the nesting boxes where the old roost used to be. I think I need to rebuild their roost in the original spot. They are 8-9 months old.

    What does anyone think?
  2. claud

    claud Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    I have 1 x 2s that work well. You will probably have to physically move them to their new roost for a few nights(or more) until they get the hang of it - creatures of habit.
  3. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    A 2x4 is the best to use IMO. Let them stand on the 4" side. This way their body covers their feet and will prevent frostbite. I put in a new roost as well. My birds would not use it, they used the nest boxes and the floor. Everynight for a week in the dark, I would go out there with a flashlight and put them all on the new roost. They are finally used to it now and go on it without my help. Good luck to you.
  4. mattmatts-momma

    mattmatts-momma Songster

    Jan 13, 2008

    How far should the roosts be away from the wall? How much room will the full grown chicken need to turn around?
  5. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Depends on what breed, I say about 18" should be minimum from the wall for standards, JMO.

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