should I have a roost in the brooder box?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chasot, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. chasot

    chasot In the Brooder

    Jul 16, 2008
    Should I have one?

    if so how high?

    what shape and size? ( dia. and length per bird)?

    thanks, Chas
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I'm going to put one in, as I think it gets them used to the roost. I got some teenagers from my sister and they had never been exposed to a roost. They kept trying to sleep in my nest boxes and had thoroughly soiled my nests! I had to pull up my nest box roosts each night just to keep them out. They finally learned to roost after that, but I'm going to start my babies out now and adjust the roost up as they grow.

    Different size dowel rods should be appropriate and can be changed out as they go. Most folks on here advocate a flat roost, but my chickens like a round roost for better grasping.
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I always put one in the brooder box about 3 to 4 inches off the ground and then move it up as they get older.

    I use an old broom handle or branch from a tree but you could use pretty much anything that isn't too narrow.
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I just put a little furring strip in there with them and they love it. Started using it at 2 weeks.

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