I have 18 chicks (a mixture of several breeds Wyandottes, Maran, Plymouth Rock, Welsummer, Orpington, Dominique, Campine, Buttercup, Lakenvelder, Andalusian, and Americana/ Easter Eggers) coming the first of May. Been working on my coop since last summer and with a break over the winter I'm getting back to it. Finishing off the nesting boxes now, next will come the roosts. The coop area is 8 by 8 (with a separate 4 by 8 store room). I'm thinking about what to use of the roosts themselves---2x4. 1x2 2 inch doweling or, as I have access to plenty, roughly 2 inch tree limbs or poles. Opinions? I need about 18 feet of roost total. I'm planning to stair step that across a roughly 3 by 6 corner section of the coop. Thoughts about how low the lowest should be and how high the highest (coop roof is about 6 foot at the lowest point) and how far apart they should space? I have a 3ft by 1ft cleaning access door that opens to the area under where the roosts will go. I'm going to try deep litter but I wanted the door under the roost so I could clean that area out as needed. Looking for ideas, experiences opinions before I actually put them in. Thanks!