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Roosting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bmarshall61, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. bmarshall61

    bmarshall61 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys, i am just getting back into my chicken dreams and will be finishing up my 12' x 20' chicken house. I have the roost supports set, they are sloped at about 45 degrees - 10' down - how many roosting slats will i need to accomadate about 40 buff hens and a couple of roosters. Also, i plan on using 1"x2" X 7' for slats should I turn them where they are 2" wide or 1" wide , if this is to complicated just bear with me.
    and Howdy from East Texas it 70 degrees but that is susposed to change by Sunday.
    Thanks for any help
     
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    imho. First of all I'd use 2x4" boards since you are supporting Orps which are a heavy breed. Then I'd put the 4" side up since they are a large breed and have large feet. Chickens don't like to curl their feet around their roost like wild birds do but prefer a flat surface. With the 4" side up they can flatten their feet and lay down on them thus covering them with their feathers to protect them from the cold. Then I'd allow 1 1/2 feet of roost space per bird with one extra roost so the lowest few on the pecking order can go there and not get pecked to pieces. hth.


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  3. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Quote:Hmm.... that's interesting. I should probably have all my 2x4's with the 4" part up for all my fat... er... um healthy girls.
     
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    [​IMG] Just think, CM, one of the greatest benefits of hosting this forum is that you learn so much about chickens!!! [​IMG]

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  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    hahaha, so true, so true!
     
  6. Foghorn

    Foghorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How far away from wall is minimum for a roost? Do their butts stick out that far? I am talking about Big butt Buff Orps! [​IMG]
     
  7. bmarshall61

    bmarshall61 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay guys, I know lot of you surf the McMurry website. Down at the bottom of the pages there is often one of the "Did you know" things that list interesting facts. I just read one that that said "Roosting rails should be 2" wide". Not 4" like some had posted after my original posting asking the question. Anybody got any thoughts on this?

    bmarshall
    Birdhill, Texas
     

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