Aw, thank you for that. I really appreciate that as of course when this all happened I had a lot of those "I must be a horrible chicken-mom," sort of emotional death spirals.Here we have birds roosting eight or nine feet up on the rafters, some four feet up on roosts, and some three feet up in another section of the coop on roosts.
I think that more choices and more roost space is best always, and won't block off the rafters, thinking them 'too high'.
We don't have giant SQ Jersey Giants, who probably wouldn't do well there, and that's one reason we don't have them. The hatchery JGs we've had were smaller, okay with us.
Once we had a bantam break her neck overnight, probably flying into a wall. We also haven't had outbreaks of bumble foot, or broken bones.
I do think your bird was just unlucky, young, and flew into something in the coop, just one of those things.
Some individuals are just accident prone, and she's very lucky to have you!
That's interesting re: the rafters. I assumed when this all started that we must have unknowingly violated some cardinal rule of chicken coop safety design. I'm sure the other birds would really appreciate having the rafters returned to them as roost spots (although with the top of the adjacent shelf now converted into roosts them flying down off the rafters would be more of a precision exercise. If I've taken anything away from this experience is that chickens aren't exactly precision artists in this regard).
I guess I'm curious, since you mention part of it being that Goga is young. In your own experience have you observed birds learning their limits more as they age and developing more of a chicken-common sense of sorts? I guess I'm wondering just how much dummy-proofing we need to worry about. I will say (and I'm not sure how this'll translate to Goga moving back into the main coop full time with a presumably permanently gimpy wing) yesterday when I had her in the coop for some supervised hangin' with the flock time, at one point the other three all worked their way up the shelving to peck around up there and little Goga was eying them up there and looking interested but then settled down on the floor like, "Eh, it's fine down here..." I wonder if she's figuring out her limitations (that would be nice!).
Also, I'm curious--what kind of bedding do you use in your coop? We were advised by the vet to switch to pine shavings since the likelihood of Goga not regaining full wing function means she'll be at higher risk for bumblefoot, with not being able to cushion her landings as well. Right now we are using a mix of Flock Fresh straw mixed with some hand me down wood chips we got from our next door neighbor who had a very large tree removed and wound up with waaaaaay more chips than she had any idea what to do with.