Roosts for babies?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bbowen, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. bbowen

    bbowen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My main source of info for raising my first set of chicks has been "City Chicks" by Pat Foreman and this board. Pat mentions providing a roost for the little ones so they get use to the idea.

    What do you guys use for chick roosts? Pictures are great!

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  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Start with a stick. They'll love it. Anything a foot or so off of the ground will work. Get your imagination working, you'll come up with something.

    Astool on its side,
    A broom handle, a shovel,
    Anything they can jump on.
     
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  3. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    I don't have any pics but I used one of those green stakes that you use in the garden.. I bought them at Home Depot!! Fit perfectly in the 1/2 hardware cloth!!

    Missi
     
  4. bbowen

    bbowen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like the kind you use to hold up a tomato plant?

    I have wood scraps but I can't tell what kind of wood it is. I know cedar is bad and according to the book I read pine shavings are bad so I'm guessing pine wood might be too!
     
  5. jacyjones

    jacyjones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a low cardboard box with a stick pushed through across it - they roost on the stick and the sides of the box.
     
  6. jjparke

    jjparke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Pine is ok in fact I always have used pine shavings. Cedar is a no no.
     
  7. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At first, you can just lay a stick down in the brooder. Then you can slowly raise it. Use 2x4 blocks. It doesn't have to be high at all, imo. In fact, too high and it is too close to the heat lamp.
     
  8. bbowen

    bbowen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What diameter of a stick are we talking about?
     
  9. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't worry too much about getting the diameter to some perfect milimeter amount. Just get something rough that the chickens can't wrap their feet around but can get a grip on.
     
  10. bbowen

    bbowen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:OK, I wasn't sure if they should or should wrap their feet! Ok, I have some lath board that should work.

    Thanks.
     

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