ROOSTS--Is round 2" dowel better than a 2x4?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Malou-La-Croix, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. Malou-La-Croix

    Malou-La-Croix In the Brooder

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    Almost done with the coop and we about to put in a 2" diameter wooden curtain rod for a roost. What are your opinions for an ideal roost? I searched the forum and come people recommend a 2" x 4" and others a rounded roost. I'd like to hear your thoughts!
     
  2. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

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    I try to use tree limbs, but from what I have read in the winter a 2X4 is better to prevent frostbite.
     
  3. lurky

    lurky Songster

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    They seem to have more stability on a 2X4. I started out with tree branches, but they seem to like the 2X4 better.
     
  4. azelgin

    azelgin Songster

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    I used 2 1/2" round rods. I think a flat 2 x 4 would have been better. Chickens don't have the grip strength in their feet like other birds, so a flat surface would probably be better. I find the ones already on the roost often fall off when somebody lands too close to them when flying onto the roost. Either that, or I have clumsy chickens with poor balance. [​IMG]
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I use 2x4s...you might be able to get by with the 2" dowel if you only have very small bantams.
     
  6. erthymom2

    erthymom2 Songster

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    I use 2x4's so that they are more stable and have wider gripping place for their feet. also in the cold weather, the wider board/roost helps them with speading their feathers over their feet.
     
  7. racuda

    racuda Songster

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    2x3's are great for bantams.
     
  8. redoak

    redoak Songster

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    My hens use a 2x4 with the wide side up.
     
  9. featherfooted

    featherfooted Songster

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    I use 2x4s flat side up with the corners on the top cut off. Here's picture
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    I use the same for my bamtams.
     
  10. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

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    In Florida, I don't think you'll have problems with frostbite, but I do thing they like the stability of a 2xwhatever. Im sure they feel more secure and they can huddle up on their feets [​IMG]
     

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