suspended roost

Turkeyrun

Chirping
10 Years
Jul 30, 2009
79
0
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Hi,

Does anyone have a suspended roost? If so how did you suspend it? Does it sway much? Does swaying bother the chickens?

Thanks
 

ranchhand

Rest in Peace 1956-2011
11 Years
Aug 25, 2008
13,295
78
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Hi Turkeyrun,
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I have tried suspended roosts- after all, parakeets use them all the time! Didn't work so well for the chickens though, kind of sad and funny at the same time. But they kept falling off the far side in big squawking piles of feathers, so I now use fixed 2" x 4"s. Not the most graceful of birds!
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Chief

Songster
10 Years
Oct 17, 2009
335
2
121
Pennsylvania
With my game roosters, they tend to get a little bored and lazy in a pen for too long. So one thing that I often do to entertain them is a suspended perch/ roost. I just take a 3 foot piece of a broom handle, put a small screw-eye in each end and use 1/4 inch nylon rope to hang it from the top of the pen. At first they wobble around a bit but soon after they get their balance. It actually helps keep them fit because they have to use their legs & wings to balance. After a while they get such good balance that you can hardly see them working at it. I don't know how well other breeds would do with it but they might like it.
 

ranchhand

Rest in Peace 1956-2011
11 Years
Aug 25, 2008
13,295
78
291
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Quote:
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It's all okay- until another comes sailing in and upsets the balance..........
 

2txmedics

Songster
10 Years
Jul 5, 2009
1,792
10
161
Manvel Texas
Yes, I have them, and I lock them in place with thin rope...what I do where they criss cross, I tie them all together in different angles to cover my bases, so there is very little swing in them or non....

This is what they look like:
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And I have a total of about 20 in my flock that sit on them at night, they love them as its leveled with the opening across the front of the coop so they can be up there and see all the yard.
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Dont know if you can see the string that is holding them in place.
Opening where the roosts are behind this:
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I do them like this this way I can take them down and move them if I want to, or take them down to clean....
 

Osage Rooster

Hatching
10 Years
Nov 24, 2009
8
0
7
Osage County, MO
I used to have a ladder style roost with 5 rungs on it that sat on the floor and leaned against the back wall. I replaced it with two longer 2X4s suspended by solid 2x4's from the ceiling. One is lower than the other so that the older, fatter birds can fly up easier. Accomplished two things: 1. made it easier to clean the bedding out. 2. created a little safety barrier from possums or coons that may get in the coop (if the door was left open). I like it better. One roost is about 4.5 feet off the ground and the other is over 6'. The higher one gets filled first.
 

CityChook

Songster
11 Years
Apr 9, 2008
1,719
20
184
Minneapolis, MN
My Coop
My Coop
I don't know if a suspended roost is a great idea - seems a bit unstable, but I do know that several of my spoiled chickens like to swing. My daughter likes to hold them on her chest/stomach while laying on the tire swing and she can actually sway them to sleep. Who knew.
 

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