Sleeping Perch Space

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Stephen518, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Stephen518

    Stephen518 In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    How much room is needed for large hens to comfortably sleep on their perch? I am interested in expanding from 12 hens to 50 and trying to design the new coop. Also, should all of the perches be at the same height or should they be in a stair step configuration? Thank you in advance for your comments. Also, I plan on a min. of 3 sq. ft. per bird inside the coop and 10 sq. ft. min. per bird for the outside run. I will probably be doing two large runs so I can alternate the use every few days.

  2. Time-Out

    Time-Out Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    The Peak District, UK
    You'll be needing 1 foot of perch space per bird.

    You can design them however best fits the space in the coop. Chickens seem quite happy with either configuration.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Most say 10-12 inches of roost space per LF bird. When they're settled in, they take less space than that of course. But they need space to hop up/down, turn around before settling down.
  4. reksat

    reksat Chirping

    Mar 7, 2011
    I have a ladder type roost . Each section is about 5ft in length. I have 8 RIR that are 10 months old and they all take residents on one roost and its the top one. Once in a while one will drop down to the bottom. So much for the 12" per bird huh ? Maybe once they get bigger i dont know.
  5. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    They recommend 12" per bird, not because they actually take up all that room when they're sleeping, but in order to jostle around until they find the right spot. If they all jumped on the roost and slept right there you'd need very little space, but we all know that they go through the routine of pushing, shoving, up and down, pulling, pecking . . . . you get it.

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