1. dirt

    dirt New Egg

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    Just wondering

    How high should I put my roosts off the ground, and how far from the celing. I don't have too much height to work with.

    Also how far should I space the steps in my ladder thingy so the chicken can hop in and out of the coop.

    Thanks
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    The best roosts I've seen have been at different heights. The higher on the totem pole the bird is, the higher it gets to roost.
    The easiest way (IMO) to do that is make a "ladder" that leans up against the coop wall. The birds will hopscotch their way up to the height they like.
     
  3. ChrisnTiff

    ChrisnTiff Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is a pic of my roosts. I notched the ends of the 2x3's to fit into the notches of the stringers.They are easily removable so I can scrape down the poo board in a jiffy. I usually clean off the poo board once a week whether I need to or not. I always seem to.

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    Good luck with your roosts,

    Chris
     
  4. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Make your roosts low enough to the ground that your heavier breeds will not injure themselves jumping down. Chickens may use a ladder to go up to the roosts, but they will jump down to get off. Mine are about 30 inches off the ground for my heavy layers. I have two parallel to each other at the same height, so they don't fight for the highest spot.
     
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  5. Auntie Moose

    Auntie Moose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Odd question here. Do roosting bars have to be level? I bought a new coop and the two roosting bars are at an angle. Not a seriously drastic angle, but not level. Should I pull them out and level them?
     

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