Should the roosts be flat or on edge?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by alabama49, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. alabama49

    alabama49 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi-I have 2 x 4's in my pens for roosts. I have them nailed up with the 2" edge up but noticed someone said that they should be hung up with the flat (wide side) up for the chickens to roost on. Does it matter that much?
     
  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    Flat with the wide side as the surface they rest on.
     
  3. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep the flat (wider) side up. Gives them more space to rest and IMO being from a colder climate in the winter it helps them to keep their feet covered when roosting.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Varying opinions. Wide side helps them keep their feet warm, but you are in a warm climate. Some people use about 2" dowels, some use tree branches of varying diameter. Some chickens prefer a platform or something even wider than 3.5". You didn't mention breed. You will be the best judge of whether they are comfortable on the narrow side. Bantams or Leghorns might do fine, whereas a 15 lb. rooster will probably want a shelf or ledge.

    I have several breeds of large fowl. I could tell that they were happier when I changed the roosts from the 2" side to the 4" side; I guess they were more comfortable. But I have an Orp hen who insists on sleeping on the top of a nest box (yes I left the tops flat; scrounged boxes with linoleum-type stuff on them.) I just scrape her poo off in the AM. Yet a couple of other Orp hens prefer the roost.
     
  5. alabama49

    alabama49 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK-thanks!! Guess I will go home and flatten the 2 x 4's!![​IMG]
     
  6. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with others....Wide side to give them more room to roost on.
     
  7. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes wide side for comfort.
     
  8. Ed62

    Ed62 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use 2 X 6s, flat side up. I think it will be better for them when temperatures get really low.

    Ed
     
  9. Aria

    Aria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have Silkies and they do NOT roost. They all "huddle/bunch up" in one corner. Looks like a rug. We have 4 nesting boxes and some have decided to cuddle up in the nests. Would prefer they would all stay together to keep each other warm. Aria
     
  10. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens have very big feet..lol
     

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