1. casadezorola

    casadezorola Out Of The Brooder

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    For your roost, what type of construction did you use? Round dowels or 2x3 pieces? Are they supposed to roost on flat, narrow boards or round?

    Thank you!
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Mine roost on trunks of young trees.
     
  3. Tippyman

    Tippyman Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, I figured why waste the money on lumber if I don't need it. I cut down a tree that was fairly straight, about 3-4" around, and lightly sanded any rough spots.
     
  4. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I have both. I have 2 round, but irregular, limbs out in the run - one swings, one doesn't. Both exceed 3-4 inches in diameter. In the coop, where they roost during the cold nights I have a 2x4 with the flat side up so they can sit on their feet and not spend the whole night trying to grip a round surface with cold tooties.
     
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  5. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    the wide side of the 2x4 up allowing them to sit on their feet and keep them warm also prevents frostbite [​IMG]
     
  6. cluckcluckgirl

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    Tending to my chickens
    Same.
     
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I also use saplings or branches, bark on. Some of my birds roost in the rafters of the coop on 4" fence posts. All are fine. Dowels are too small and slippery compared to 'real trees'. Mary
     
  8. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Doggone it, I thought I put that in there! Got ahead of myself again! [​IMG]
     
  9. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    (psst, I know you know that, but thought maybe OP didn't)

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  10. Blooie

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    Perzactly why I should have added it too! [​IMG]
     

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