1. novicepeeps

    novicepeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Roosts? What material did you use I'm in a northern climate so is any size best to prevent frostbite toes? Currently the coop has 4-1x1 collar ties which could be used by them. Im
    Going to build a roosting ladder I have a 1x1 hex I can use or some 2x4s too. Which will they like best?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I prefer the wide side of a 2x4. Their toes don't curl around a narrow pole as many birds' so, and this gives pretty good surface for covering their toes for warmth. I know of one rather heavy Orp hen who preferred a shelf. A lot of people use a wide branch. Things like PVC pipe are too slippery.
     
  3. novicepeeps

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    thanks I was thinking the 2x4's would be better for the chicken bleachers I'm creating. [​IMG]
     
  4. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I definitely prefer the 2x4 wide side up. I think it's easier on the birds.
     
  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    yep, you need a 4 inch wide perch for them to sit on, so that every bit of their toes cane be easily covered in belly fluff.

    I have actually used 4x4s for super wide spans, since then they need no central support and never sag.
     
  6. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    oh! I have also used two 1 by 4s put together like a 'T', that way they never sag either, and can still be 8 feet long.
     
  7. novicepeeps

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    I like the t idea... I'll have to see how it fits.
     
  8. harmonyp

    harmonyp Out Of The Brooder

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    My coop came with a 2x3" thin side up roost, which I didn't like at all. So, I went to the lumber store, and found a marvelous idea - bought a 2x4" hand railing with the 4" sides gently rounded for hands, and a 2" indentation to put on a railing. So, I screwed it into the existing roost, and now the girls have a 4" rounded roost which they absolutely LOVE.
     
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  9. Folly's place

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    I use saplings with the bark on, about 3" diameter, which varies a bit. My birds also roost in the rafters of their coop, made of 4" fence posts. Too smooth or slippery isn't good. mary
     
  10. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I use saplings with the bark on, about 3" diameter, which varies a bit. My birds also roost in the rafters of their coop, made of 4" fence posts. Too smooth or slippery isn't good. mary
     

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