What makes a good roost pole or poles?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WVjoe, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. WVjoe

    WVjoe Out Of The Brooder

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    I am planning on useing 2 " wooden dowel rods for my roosts, but i have seen several posts that say the best roost poles are made of matrials that are not round or smooth or slick like smoothly sanded store bought dowels. So i guess my question is, Are my 2" dowels a good roost pole matrial, or should i go with something els? maybe 2x4's or tree branches? thanks, im a newbie and i want to get it right the first time so im not freezing my u-know-whats of in the middle of january changeing roost poles with the chickens lauging at me [​IMG]
     
  2. Dnetschke

    Dnetschke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm planning to use tree branches. They are free.... [​IMG]
     
  3. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use 2x4's and 2x3's. They can rest easier and be able to fluff up their feathers and cover their toes
     
  4. redhotchick

    redhotchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i gave my birds a choice between 2x4s and natural thick branches. Everyone of my chickens prefer the natural wood. Bark and all. I took the 2x4s out and added more branches. I do think they need to be atleast 2 inches thick or more.
     
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  5. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't use dowels. It's actually really difficult for hens to roost on something that's completely round, and you can cause foot problems. Dowels also don't let them tuck their feet up under their feathers very well in cold weather, and you can get frozen toes.

    Try a piece of 2x2 or 2x4 dimensional lumber. Your hens will rest easier.
     
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  6. WVjoe

    WVjoe Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks every one i really apreciate it!
     
  7. baxamama

    baxamama New Egg

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    Stupid question. How do you clean the poo off tree branches? Do chickens poo in their sleep?
     
  8. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont clean the branches I have in the run. They havent gotten them dirty at all. Yes they poo in their sleep
     
  9. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't clean mine. They get some poo on them, but it's not caked on and I don't see it as a problem. They will poo in their sleep. If you can, stagger your perches so that if you have a lower one, the hens aren't pooping on the ones below. You can also build your perch like an A-frame, which solves this problem. Mine is hinged at the top, so it folds up and gets out of the way for cleaning:


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  10. noahsmom

    noahsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering the same thing and this looks great! The wooden branches sound great to!
     

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