The Roost---Dimensions and Design

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by capebird, May 20, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Songster

    Apr 13, 2011
    Cape Cod
    I've just about finished with my coop and run. Chicks are arriving Monday.
    I've looked at some previous posts regarding roost designs and specifications....
    and there seems to be a lot of varied information.
    Looking for a little help.... I'll have 6 Barred Rocks. Is it better to have a 2x3 or
    2x4 layed flat (flat side up) for the chickens to roost on.... or is a 2x4 ripped down to
    2x2 (which would be 1.5" x 1.5") better.... or is a tree branch about 2 inches in
    diameter the way to go. I realize there are probably personal preferences....
    but just looking for some suggestions.
    Thanks very much for the help.

  2. chicken995

    chicken995 Chirping

    Mar 19, 2011
    Northern Colorado
    I set up a 2 X 4 for mine. I'm a chicken newbie though, so take that for what it is worth.
  3. benjoycei

    benjoycei Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    I used tree branches about 2" in diameter in the run and a 2X2 in the coop.
  4. benjoycei

    benjoycei Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    Oh, and Capebird - that is one big chicken in your avatar [​IMG]
  5. We used 2x4 boards. All are very comfortable.
  6. ladyride

    ladyride Songster

    Apr 30, 2011
    East Tn
    we have a 2" tree limb in the run 2x4 turned edge up rounded down .
  7. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Mar 31, 2010
    Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
    Why not try some of each? See what they like. Just remember, they will go to which ever one is highest so try to have all at the same height and similarly protected (mine all like to be in the corners of the coop.) They will use all of the ones you mentioned if it is all that is available.

  8. JPHorvath

    JPHorvath Chirping

    I use 2" x 3" on edge first run is set at 48" above floor so they have to fly up to roost. Second and third run are set at 12" rise and 12" run apart. The 2 x 3 boards are notched into a 2" x 6" stringer set at 45 degrees. If you would like photographs I can post them tomorrow.
  9. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    I have a 2x4 (flat side up) and they use it fine.

    I'm even thinking about getting a 2x6 for my next coop!

  10. hisdaughter

    hisdaughter Chirping

    Apr 30, 2011
    2x2 for us and 4 ladies use it just fine. It looks like mine are training for the balance beam as they walk across it from one end to the other. It doesn't take much to amuze me!!! Have fun with the chickens.

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