1. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    I need to put roosts in the coop, what would be the best way to do this? My first reaction would be to use something like a broomstick or a thick dowel rod, however I heard that these can hurt the chicken's feet. What would be the best material to use, and what requirements (width, height from floor) need to be met?

  2. scubagirl

    scubagirl In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2008
    Marysville, WA
    2 X 2 or 1 X 2 or large branches similar in size work well

    I have multiple roosts, different heights, they seem to love them all.
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I think the best roost (especially in a cold climate) is a 2x4 with the "4" side up. That way the chickens can keep their feet warm through the cold weather. It's also very comfortable for them. I don't know where you live.

    Don't use anything metal or too small of a diameter.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I used 2x4's with the 4" side up. Anymore they're not really 2x4's. This is a pretty old picture. On the left is the lower roost. It is over wire so most of the poop goes through the wire and the litter stays reletively clean.
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    Last edited: Sep 15, 2008
  5. Yardegg

    Yardegg In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    Parke County, Indiana

    I like that setup with your roosts. Can you give me an idea about the dimensions of it and how many birds use it? I'm building a new one and am open for suggestions.

  6. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    I recommend the 2x4 with 4 side up.

    Here is what I did, I bought the ends to steps, in other words, they are the end wood portion of a stair case. They are the part you screw the actual step to. I bought two then nailed one to each side of the coop and then nailed down my 2x4 for the roost (ladder style). It worked great. I bought them at Lowes, I am sure you can make your own so if you get by Lowes are Home Depot go to the lumber section and you will see what I am talking about. They were not terrible expensive (although this was about 5 years ago).

    I have mixed flock of bantams and heavy breeds so I started my roost at 30 inches above the floor and went up. I have a total of 5, 2x4's.

    I also recommend a dropping board under the roosts (elevated) to catch the poo. I also bought a linoleum remnant to lay over the board. Each week I take a dust pan with brush and sweep up the poo, place in a five gallon bucket and then throw on my flower beds and garden. Then once a month I remove the linoleum spray with a bleach solution and hose off. This set up works great and it also saves the litter from getting really dirty, therefore, I only have to change the litter maybe two or three times a year. So my point is the roost system I built cost a little extra in the beginning but I have more than saved the cost over the years as I don't have to clean out the coop nearly as often thus saving money on bedding.
  7. yoker

    yoker Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    That is what i'm going to do in my new coop, 2x4 with the 4" part up.
    do about 8" per standered chicken.
  8. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger In the Brooder

    May 20, 2008
    Greene, RI
    I am using 2x4 w/4" side up along with a droppings board

  9. Yardegg

    Yardegg In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    Parke County, Indiana

    That's the best set up I've seen so far. I can't thank you enough for the picture. I'm going to make something like that to go in my new coop.

  10. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Wow, Gunslinger. That is an awesome setup. Makes mine look pretty low-rent.
    Nice job!

    BTW, my company's HQ is in Warwick, RI - Looks like you're just west of there.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2008

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