show me how your roosts/dropping boards are attached?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dftkarin, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am struggling with how to attach my roost - given that one whole side of my coop is window - so I can attach a roost to one wall but I need it to stand on its own on the window side - but it keeps wobbling (I tried screwing a 2x3 "leg" to it) - and I'm feeling unsure of what to do. Can I see pictures of how other people attach their roosts to either the walls or on legs? I wanted my roost to be easily removable but now that I'm adding legs (and maybe a stableizing piece to keep it from wobbling) - its getting bigger and more awkward to move in and out. Also, how am I going to set up a droppings board with my awkward-sounding roost set-up?? I went to Home Depot yesterday looking for those simpson brackets in a form that might help me - but I didn't see anything that was exactly what I needed.
     
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  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    How about making your droppings "board" the part that moves? I read someone uses a tarp under the roosts and just pulls that out when needed.
     
  3. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    My family owns a roofing company so there are always lots of old shingles hanging around. I have found it really simple to take a few of thoes and place them under the roosts and just shake them off into the compost every few days [​IMG] Im not much help
     
  4. MtnAngel

    MtnAngel Out Of The Brooder

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    We have so many trees down on the property that we just used those.... we nailed them diaganal and across the windows...
    this is just one that we did... The chics and Roos love them!
     
  5. Marbleheader

    Marbleheader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haven't done it yet, but I'm going to screw two pieces of 8-inch 1x3 on either side of the coop under the roost and just slide the dropping board underneath the roost so it's resting on the 1x3s. Brush daily into a bucket and add to the compoast. Can slide them out weekly for scrapping and/or power washing.
     
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a pair of shelf supports (stole the idea from someone else on this board)

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  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:You have two major options. The easiest, construction-wise, is to take a piece of 2x3 or 2x4 or whatever else like that you have lying around, and cut it to fit vertically floor to ceiling. You will screw it to the top of the wall above the window, and to the bottom of the wall below the window (or to the floor using a large metal L-bracket, if you prefer)... but before doing that, screw the end of the roost into it at the proper level.

    The other option is to make a horizontal piece to complement that 'leg' you made -- use an L-bracket to screw it into the nearest wall, then the horizontal piece goes out (alongside the window) til it meets the roost and top of the 'leg', and you screw it to one or the other of them.

    Either way will be reasonably stable; the first is stablest and easiest though.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  8. Jody

    Jody Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have anything at all under the roost. Am I supposed to? I just scoop out the poop every day
     
  9. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

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    Shelf brackets, 98 cents at Lowes. Comes in a couple of sizes. LOVE 'EM!

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  10. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:You have two major options. The easiest, construction-wise, is to take a piece of 2x3 or 2x4 or whatever else like that you have lying around, and cut it to fit vertically floor to ceiling. You will screw it to the top of the wall above the window, and to the bottom of the wall below the window (or to the floor using a large metal L-bracket, if you prefer)... but before doing that, screw the end of the roost into it at the proper level.
    Pat

    This option would easily handle a dropping board as well, because you could add a few brace boards that would allow the sliding in of a "shelf"/dropping board a few inches below the roost...
     

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