thickness of perch

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MelodyGraulich, May 19, 2010.

  1. MelodyGraulich

    MelodyGraulich Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    my 2 month old chicks won't perch on a branch i have in their run. they seem to like thinner branches. how thick should the perch branches be when they're full grown.
  2. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    For the broody I just went out and got a stick and ran it through the top holes of two bricks, then buried the rest under shavings... can't be too high or they won't be able to get up... and not too thin or they won't be able to hang on... better too wide than too narrow... it worked for us until we got our coop up and running.

    Edit... scratch that... you said two MONTHS, not two weeks. By that age ours had moved on to 2x4 narrow or thick side.
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    My perch is a 3 x 2 board. They sit on the wider side.
  4. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    2 months old - they may not want to roost yet. They will eventually roost on just about anything you put in there. But depending on your climate you may need to consider a few things.

    For instance - if it gets below freezing in winter you want a flat perch (2x3 or 2x4) so they birds feet will be flat enough for them to sit on them & keep them from freezing. A round perch will leave their toes exposed to the cold.

    For now I would just wait - in about 2 more months they will perch on anything they can find.

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