Show me your roosts!

iBoodle

Songster
8 Years
May 10, 2011
147
8
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Idaho
I need to build my two hens a roost asap. Please post pictures of your roosts so I can get an idea!

Instead of using rounded wood, can I use flat? Peep is missing almost all her toes and it'll be hard for her to grip onto it.

Thanks!
 

Cats Critters

Completely Indecisive
13 Years
Oct 15, 2007
5,672
129
386
Clarion County, PA
My Coop
My Coop
My current roosts:
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My old coops roosts:
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and the old roosts (she has since changed them) in my grandmother's coop:
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Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
13 Years
Feb 2, 2009
28,640
24,735
927
Southeast Louisiana
I also use tree branches but you can use a 2x4, either narrow or wide side up. Just round off the corners to make it more comfortable to them and to get rid of splinters. I suggest sand paper for the rounding.

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I find it convenient to be able to remove mine easily if I want to. Drill a hole in the roost and the support and put a 5" nail through the hole to keep it in place.


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sunny & the 5 egg layers

Crowing
8 Years
Mar 29, 2011
4,712
188
316
I use a 2x4 mounted on the wall of the coop by shelving brackets. If you live in a place where you get cold winters, I recommend building a roost where your chickens can cover their feet at night. Something like a 2x4 works great. The reason for this is to prevent frost bite in your chickens feet.
 

jaj121159

Songster
11 Years
May 27, 2010
470
46
196
Northeast Nebraska
I use flat 2x4s. Many folks will say to round them is used flat. I've never done that and never had a problem. One thing I do when buying 2x4s is look for some that are naturally rounded because of bark removal, etc.
 

Kadjain

Songster
8 Years
Oct 28, 2011
665
53
156
Tehama, Nor Cal (way nor)
I have tree branches, 2x4's wide side and narrow side up. It seems that more and more of my chickens are switching to the branches. If your hen has no toes I would say give a variety and see what she chooses.
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The top roost in pic below is a 2x4 wide side up and the bottom roost is a 2x2
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