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Rough Cut Lumber ok for roost?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Framac, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am just curious if there is muchof a concern with splinters if using rough cut lumber. I have some spare available. If it is a bad idea I will break down and spend the 6 dolors for finished lumber.

    Thanks,

    Christopher
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I think there is a concern about splinters. They could lead to bumblefoot. Also, the corners should be rounded off so their feet can more comfortably bend around them. I'd suggest you just take some sandpaper and go over them quickly, whether finished or unfinished. It doesn't take a lot of sanding, just knock off the rough parts.
     
  3. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    also the rough cut might be a good hiding place for lice, mites, or fowl fleas.
     
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I agree with above two posts.
     
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Yeah i do have to agree on maybe using some better sawn wood, if you have ever seen a flock preparing to roost for the night it's like a dang war zone with all the shuffling and jossling about, better safe than sorry on this one.

    AL
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Trust me, sand that lumber. Even when I use good lumber, I still sand it very smooth and re-sand on occasion as it gets rough from their claws.
     
  7. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all kindly for the responses.

    I was leaning that way, but just wanted some reassurances.
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Yah, what they said -- my main concern would be how inconcievably and unfixably filthy it would get, being that rough.

    If you want inexpensive, a large diameter dead tree branch (like 4-6" diam) with bark removed makes a perfectly good roost, and is easy to clean [​IMG]

    Good luck, have ufn,

    Pat
     

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