What do you use for roosting poles?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickPeas, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. ChickPeas

    ChickPeas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Iron Station, NC
    I did a search on roosting poles and came up with only one post...[​IMG]

    Can I use a regular 2x4? I've got standards and bantams..can they use the same roost pole? Also, does the perch need to be rounded or what?

    Can I see your poles? thanks!
  2. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    Most do recommend using 2x4's with large side flat, so they can sit on their feet for warmth.

    Go look at coops pics there are tons of roost and inside photo's to look at.

    Good Luck
  3. ChickPeas

    ChickPeas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Iron Station, NC
    Thanks Dilly!! [​IMG]
  4. pixiechick

    pixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Jonesborough, TN
    I use 2 x4s for the actual roosts in the coop, but my gals also like to perch on tree branches I have hung in their run.
  5. suenrob

    suenrob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    Mine have a 3" or 4" round fence post. They love it!!!
  6. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Mine were roosting on a plastic chair for a while and now they are roosting on plastic crates [​IMG] I need to get the 2 x 4's up, too.
  7. ChickPeas

    ChickPeas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Iron Station, NC
    Does it have to be round or can it be square like a 2X4? I guess both would be ok...
  8. chikenlady

    chikenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2008
    Cantonment, FL
    Mine have 2 x 4's in their coop and in the run we hung a large (thick) bamboo pole we had left over from a project. They love both types. My chickens will also perch on my plastic chair when I get up!
  9. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    2 x 3, with the fat side up.
  10. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used a tree that was growing where it ought not be...and is no more.
    If you are in a cold climate, rule of thumb-er foot , make sure that what ever you use for a perch, make sure your girls middle toe is covered when she sits down over it.
    One of the main issues for that is the middle or longest toe is often unprotected over night in the coldest temps. Often when you see a chicken with part of a toe missing, that is one of the reasons.
    I have been thinking about putting a 2x4 sideways so Frieda can perch instead of sleeping on the nest box. (she has curled toes)

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