1. david hunter

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    hi i am building my coop need help on how much roost space and heighth i am new to raising chickens any help is appreciated thanks
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] For roost space, allow 12" per bird for large fowl. I wouldn't make it any higher than 3'. They will roost as high as they can get, but jumping down from a high roost repeatedly, can lead to foot/leg injuries, including bumblefoot.
     
  3. Judy

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    About a foot per chicken, or at least 9" or 10", for large fowl. They also need close to a foot clearance on either side. The roost should be somewhat wide as their feet don't curl to the extent many birds' do. A thick branch or the wide side of a 2x4 will work, for example.
     
  4. Red Barn Farms

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    It's best if the roost can be made totally from 2" x 4" pine boards. Our roosts are 4 foot at the highest point. The spacing between the roosts we refer to as the tier is 12 inches. No matter how hard we try to keep the flock at this height we still have a few which will fly up and sit on the roof rafters for the night. The main thing when adding the roost is making sure there is enough clearance so when the chickens fly off they will not hit any facing walls which could injure or kill the birds. Iv'e read too many times where someone goes to their coop in the morning and find a dead bird with a broken neck. Most times this was from the chickens flying into a wall.
     
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  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Good point about the jumping-off clearance, Red Barn! Mine are 3' high, and they will flap and land 6' away from the roost.
     
  6. HEChicken

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    Mine tried this when I first built my new coop too. I took chicken wire and stapled it along the underside of the rafters and that has kept them from getting up there.
     
  7. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    I wish I could do that too. It'll cost a small fortune because my barn is 36' x 42'.
     
  8. Vinniemac

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    Its amazing how much I learned from this site I'm building my coop now.Never though they would get up into the rafters.I haven't got to the interior yet but this will be another thing to do. I will be updated with pictures soon
    Vinnie
     

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