square or round perches

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mauigirl, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. mauigirl

    mauigirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see coops with square perches. Are square preferred over round dowels. I've been purchasing expensive closet dowels, but I saw a beautiful outdoor aviary that had naturla branches (huge ones) wedged in. Which I;d like to do in future - but never thought the zquares would be comfortable for their feet
     
  2. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    Their feet sit flat on the "square perches". Ideally in cold climates it allows their bodies to fully cover their toes and keep them warmer. I worry that closet dowels may be too small a diameter to be comfortable for grown up chicken feet. If the perch is too small it creates a balance issue.
     
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  3. California_Redneck

    California_Redneck Out Of The Brooder

    Every coop I have built, I used 2x4s laid flat, for roosts. That way the chickens can sit on their feet to help keep them warm. However, our White Faced Black Spanish prefer the Manzaneta tree next to the coop. They won't go in at night. We have to move them into the coop, by hand, when it gets below freezing.
     
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  4. mauigirl

    mauigirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting and makes great sense to keep feet warm. May also keep their nails worn a bit too..... Does it affect their natural roosting position of toes wrapped around a branch? I use bamboo from the natural forest now (dowels are very expensive here) but what size lumber would be appropriate for seramas to perch? Do you sand it down or just look for nicer peices as roosting boards?
     
  5. California_Redneck

    California_Redneck Out Of The Brooder

    I have never sanded the roosts, but I don't see why you can't. I have always used the cheap green douglas fir 2x4s. As far as the seramas go, I have bantams that use the 2x4 roosts as well and they seem to do just fine.
     
  6. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    aha! if youre chickens are just little seramas the dowels would probably actually be fine (or dowel sized bamboo [​IMG] ). sleeping with their feet flat should not affect their natural ability to wrap their toes around things and any size should be fine as long as its not too teeny tiny. I suppose with bantams it would be good to not have too large of a board just so that they cant poop on it. Shouldnt need to be sanded either, but mine just use 2x4s so there really isnt anything to sand anyway. A lot of people use real branches as perches and they work perfectly fine and look really nice
     
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  7. ChickEngineer

    ChickEngineer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use 2X4's and cut the top two corners off. They seldom get any poop on the boards.
    I did make the spacing wider after this picture was taken.
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  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    If you use sawed lumber, I suggest you sand off the edges. That is not so much for the comfort of them wrapping their toes around the edges but to avoid splinters that can lead to bumblefoot.

    For what it's worth, here is a shot of my roosts. I know it does not get that cold here. My lowest overnight lows have only been a little below 0* Fahrenhiet. I have not had any issues with them roosting on these tree branches.

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  9. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine are on 14 inch shelves covered with vinyl flooring, I couldn't for the life of me get them to perch right on a roost. They prefer to be piled on top of each other.
     
  10. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I had both 2x2s (1.5"X1.5") and 1.25" dowels, they prefered the dowels. I have since removed the dowels because of positioning issues (not enough space). The new coop that I'm fixin to build will have about 2' natural branches.
     

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