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

Malou-La-Croix

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 12, 2009
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1
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Central Florida
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!
 

lurky

Songster
12 Years
Jun 4, 2007
4,811
8
231
Western MA
They seem to have more stability on a 2X4. I started out with tree branches, but they seem to like the 2X4 better.
 

azelgin

Songster
12 Years
Jan 18, 2008
1,277
52
193
S.E. AZ
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.
 

erthymom2

Songster
11 Years
May 23, 2008
719
7
151
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.
 

Zahboo

Simply Stated
10 Years
Feb 3, 2009
4,439
34
231
Hope Mills, NC
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
 

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