What does the perfect roost look like?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Granolamom, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Granolamom

    Granolamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    I've read a couple of posts about roost size and shape, and I'm beginning to suspect that mine is not the best. My chicks are anywhere between 5 and 7 months old, and the roost they're on at night is about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, maybe less. I've always thought that it should be like a tree branch, so that they can curl their feet around it, but possibly I'm totally wrong about that? Since it gets cold at night now, should I switch it to something they can sit on, like a 2x4, so that their feet are resting under the down?
  2. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    A 2x4 with the wide side up makes a good roost for cold climates. Wide enough so they sit on their feet and help keep them warm.
  3. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    I have a 2 by 4 because I have seen on so many other posts that is what most people have. I have also been told to round the edges.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Well, they don't really hang onto a perch by curling/gripping their toes around it the way most birds do. So there is no real virtue in narrowness. Most people prefer either a 2x4, making sure the corners are kinda rounded off a bit, or a fairly large diameter treebranch (like 4-5" or so) with the bark removed.

    Honestly I think it's mostly a matter of comfort, in Georgia... it is not like you're likely to be courting frostbitten toes that often [​IMG] (In colder climates, having a nice WIDE roost allows their toe tips to be tucked amongst their tummy feathers at night, styaing warmer)

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. momofdrew

    momofdrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    my birds dont roost on a roost...they cuddle together in the corner of the nesting area...and nest on the floor...we do have roosts in the coop and run but they hardly ever use them...
  6. ametauss

    ametauss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2008
    Shepherdsville, KY
    Hummmm, I just installed my new roost and I put the 2x4 with the 2" up not the 4".... must have missed that part.... DH may kill me if I ask him to turn it.... I've made some changes to design that were not "smart" while he was building and he's quite frustrated with me....

    Do you think it would be okay if I leave the thin side up???

  7. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    My roost has 2x4's in both directions... one with the 2" side up and one with the 4" side up. My chickens don't show a preference for either one, so I'd leave yours the way they are. I also have a thin 1x1" board they can roost on, and it's popular too.

    Oh... my chickens are all full size, ranging from 2 months/1/2 a pound to over 2 years/7 lbs.

    Kathy in Texas
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Quote:Depends on the size of your chickens' feet. My Orpingtons have big feet and a 2" side would never work. In fact, my Blue Orp rooster's feet, from back toe to end the longest toe in front, are 5" wide! He'd have to have a 4" surface. Heck, I made him a roost shelf instead.
  9. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    New Hampshire
    My birds are random! some like the two by, some sleep IN the nest boxes-even one of the roosters (the big goof barley fits), some on top of the hay bail, some on top of the nest boxes, Cheep-Cheep likes the top of the door frame in the run divider, top of the feeder buckets (YUCK)! I tarped the run for the winter and they now treat it as one HUGE coop and just hang out mostly in pairs wherever! I have two perches 8ft long that they DON'T use at night, only in the day! WEIRD!
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Oh, in case you didn't know, a commercial 2x4 is NOT actually 2" x 4". They are only about 1 3/4 x 3 3/4.

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