Roosting Space

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Blue_Myst, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    What would the recommended roosting space be for seven hens? I doubt one five foot long roost would work, right? [​IMG]
     
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    6,605
    10
    251
    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    No it is probaly just a little to small. Id recomend at least 10 to 12 inches per bird for large fowl.
     
  3. andehens

    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

    699
    1
    144
    Aug 25, 2008
    Scenic Sierra Nevadas
    I allow at least a foot a bird, more if I have the space and they still fight over a small area!
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    12,520
    145
    341
    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I dunno, I have a 7 foot roost for 10 birds (almost all of whom are Speckled Sussex, pretty good sized) and it works just fine. No spare room, but no fighting.

    To be safe it would certainly be better to have more like 1' per hen though. Ideally all at the same height -- if you have a lower and a higher roost, even if there is plenty total space they'll just argue about who gets to sit in first class [​IMG]

    GOod luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Thank you so much for your help! [​IMG] I thought five feet might be a little cramped.
     
  6. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello...you might try stacking the roosting poles for more room in a small area?? Just an idea


    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by