Small trees as roosts

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by happyhens, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I am needing to make a bigger roost. The old one is now too small, because I, um... cough, cough... expanded! lol 25 layers and 10 bantam cochins on the way. This chicken thing is getting way too addicting.
    Anyway, I know that I have seen pictures of roosts that were made out of small trees. I have access to a few small trees around here, so I am wanting to build my roost with those. Anyone have any suggestions or pictures? Is there any certain kind of tree that I need to stay away from? Thanks!
     
  2. HenHappy

    HenHappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    on my way to you....
    That sounds very interesting...I can't wait to see if you get some pics in your replies. We plan on re-working our outdoor run to make it taller, and I have to cut down the tree that is already in there, because it is so tall. I'd love to add a smaller one if I can. Love the look.
     
  3. ChickenCop

    ChickenCop Chillin' With My Peeps

    sassafras trees are suppose to warn away mites..(take it for what its worth) but whats good about the sassafras tree is once it seasons (drys) it wont crack...I remember thats all my grandpa had in his chicken house. Wasnt til i saw on this site about people using 2x4 and the such. My two cents.
     
  4. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i will be watching this post to try to see pictures of this idea.
     
  5. CrazyChickieMama

    CrazyChickieMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe sycamore branches!!! [​IMG] They shed enough of them around my house I could build a coop with them....hmm....just kidding..[​IMG]
     
  6. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm planning a new henhouse, and you've got me thinking about using old branches from my brushpile for roosts, instead of 2x4s. Thanks for the idea!
     
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    We used scrap pieces of 1" by 2" and Tulip Poplar branches to make the coop ladder for our modified Chick-N-Barn...the chickens decided that it made the perfect roost, instead...

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    We also used a branch from our Catalpa tree for an outdoor roost in our main run.

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    We have two, downed, Sweet Gum trees that I will be turning into roosts and/or other chicken entertainment, as soon as I can use my right hand again (in about 4 more weeks...[​IMG]).

    Hope this is some help!

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    Dawn
     
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  8. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool. Thanks for sharing pictures Dawn! This is the first night my chickens have roosted on this new run, but I think they like it! You have some beautiful chickens too! What is that silver penciled one in the first picture, on the bottom? She's gorgeous!
    If anyone wants to see pictures of my tree limb roost, check out my other post- https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=34955
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    doesn't look as good as Dawn's though!
     
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  9. MikelJohn

    MikelJohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] My dad has been using small trees for roost for over 30 years. They last a long time. He just goes and cuts down any tree he can find that is the right size. They stay out of the weather so they don't rot. I have a new chicken house built and I plan on finding trees for the roost. This is an excellent idea. Chickens love it!
     
  10. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    We use trees for a lot of stuff around here. We use maple and other hardwoods, like oak. If they are over 6 feet long, dh recommends putting a support beam in that goes to the floor (depending on how you build your roosts).

    Here are some roosts from inside a coop and trees we used to build a chicken yard/run.

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    Jody
     

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