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  1. sarahz

    sarahz New Egg

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    Right now, we have made a roost out of a garden trellis--the rods are not circular but square and about 1 in in 'diameter'---is this ok? Or do we need to construct something out of 2x4s? Our chicks are 5 wks old so we have a little time but they are starting to enjoy the roost a bit...
    If we need to construct something new, what should it be? Any pics, please? Help!!!
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2007
  2. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All I did was prune some of our trees and used them as perches in their pen. Our 4-week-old chicks have been using a perch for over a week now outside in their pen I had cut a smaller branch, which was dried; they love jumping up and down from it.
     
  3. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Just make sure whatever you use is smooth and free from any splinters or sharp points (can cause bumblefoot, a staph infection).

    Type of roosts depends on your preference. I prefer 2x4's with the flat side up so the birds can hunker down over their toes in the winters. Others use smaller boards, round dowels or tree branches. I wish I could find the source, but I have read that chickens don't curl their toes around roosts and perch like other birds, so anything round is usually a matter of balance.
     
  4. Firefly

    Firefly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the hen house we used 2x2s with rounded edges, in the the run I made some out of branches. It's working well so far!
     
  5. lively Bee's

    lively Bee's Chillin' With My Peeps

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    popular saplings about 2 1/2 " at 3' 4' 6' and 7' and were do they roost in the rafters at 8' [​IMG] o well they showed me
     
  6. therealshari

    therealshari Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're using some nominal 1 x 3's attached to the wall with 2'x4 framing. The lowest level is at 18 inches and the next is at about 36 inches.

    Already I've seen at least 6 different chicks make it from the floor to the bottom roost (some with the help of a step block) at 16 days of age.

    They'll also be able to hop from the roost to the nest boxes, once we've got them finished.

    This is a work in progress... our chicks are getting used to construction noise. As soon as we remember to buy the screen, we'll install the screen door.

    Pics are in our blog.
     

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