What to use to build roosts?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BowChickaBowMow, May 23, 2008.

  1. BowChickaBowMow

    BowChickaBowMow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What size should the roost be? I have BO's and EE's (if it makes a difference?) Should I use dowels, or what? What size should the width be for them to be able to grasp onto.

    Thanks!
     
  2. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use some 2x4's with the wide side up.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    in N Michigan, DEFINITELY use 2x4's with the wide side up. It will help the chickens avoid frostbit toes.

    If the edges seem too sharp you can round them over a bit with a rasp, but they don't have to be super rounded.

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    2x4's with wide side up for WI area too!
     
  5. BowChickaBowMow

    BowChickaBowMow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to all! Another question now... since patandchickens mentioned frostbitten toes.... how high off the ground should they be?

    TIA!
     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I use fence posts - they're about 4 inches around.....

    My highest roost is about 4 ft off the ground, I have a ladder type roost.
     
  7. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2x4s. My grandfather had a ladder style, the bottom rung was probably at your knee cap, the highest at the 8ft ceiling.

    Good luck [​IMG]
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Higher than your nestboxes, is the most important thing! Otherwise: pooey eggs.

    [​IMG]

    Pat
     
  9. kaylakala

    kaylakala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL this was going to be my next post!!!

    Glad i go the answers I need.!
     
  10. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I've used fence posts and 2x4's with success.
     

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