What is most comfortable for my chickens tootsies?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by firehog, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. firehog

    firehog Chirping

    Jul 27, 2009
    I have for their roosts several round poles, like you find in a closet. My hens are getting older and was wondering if it is hard for them to stay on the roost with maybe arthritis in their feet. They seem to struggle sometimes to keep their balance as they go through their nightly "pecking order" ritual. Would a 2 x 4 with the flat side (3 1/2" ) up be more comfortable for them or are their feet more designed for a round pole?
  2. Kovalciks Chickens

    Kovalciks Chickens Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    Richmond, Michigan
    ehhhh tough to say. we had a bird that was close to 10years old....i know OLD. She wouldnt go roost with the other birds she would just walk in and sit on the floor and fall asleep. The birds are going to stop roosting when they physically cant anymore and its up to them. 2x4 may work but have never tried that. Almost all of my birds sleep on the ground, i dont know why but they do and they are from 4weeks old-3yrs
  3. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    Yes, a flat 2 x 4 positioned so they can roost on the 4" side.
  4. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Songster

    Apr 4, 2010
    south/west tn
    we have 2x4 4 is flat in the winter they can cover there toes
  5. mulewagon

    mulewagon Songster

    Nov 13, 2010
    I use slender tree trunks - they're considerably thicker than a closet pole, and the birds seem comfortable. They do need something pretty big to grasp. They have big feet!
  6. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    we use 2x4's/they prefer them.
  7. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Songster

    I've tried round poles and branches, but the chickens don't seem to like them unless they are at least 3 or 4 inches wide. So I just use 2 x 4's with the wide side up. All the chickens seem to like that. For bantams I use 2 x 2's for their smaller feet.
  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Quote:Same here.

    Lumber from stores is rather hard on their feet with its odd shape and squared corners. . . We use large tree trunks (well, small, really) as perches here. They're strong enough to be 14 feet long and not supported by anything but the two ends, they're free, and they're very natural. The chickens love them because they contour to their grasp perfectly are are great beak-cleaning surfaces.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010
  9. chkn

    chkn Songster

    Jun 27, 2010
    I think mine are really liking the 2x2's. I've used the flat side of the 2x4's but I think there's a lot of slipping trying to get up there.
  10. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I use 3 to 4 inch branches for perches and they do ok on them.

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