roosts, distance between them?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by michelsal, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. michelsal

    michelsal Chirping

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    I'm thinking my first and highest roost will be a foot from the front wall of my 3.5X3.5 ft coop.
    how far away must the next roost bar be so hens don't poop on other hens?
     

  2. KDK1

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    I would think in a coop that size, you should only need one roost. How many birds are you planning for?
     
  3. michelsal

    michelsal Chirping

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    4 hens, the roost wouldn't be 4 ft long though, so am trying to find a way to get more room
     
  4. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    With a coop of that size you'd only want one roost. It's also best to try and keep the roost at least 12' from a wall or ya'll have constant 'poop' running doing the wall to clean up.
     

  5. KDK1

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    You don't need 12" per chicken like many on here state. I have 9 hens and in their old coop I had three 3" roosts for them and 8 of them crammed themselves on the same 3' roost while the other one preferred the poop board. 6-8 inches per bird will do just fine.
     
  6. michelsal

    michelsal Chirping

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    wow! that is a cuddly group of chickens! thanks for the helpful info!
     
  7. Jakoda

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    I have 9 standard sized chickens, their highest roost is 4 feet long, I then have a lower level that they tend to use to hop up on the top one,,they do just fine,
     

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