What type of roost?

lablover

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I have a dog kennel coop, and the easiest roost to put up were branches/small limbs. I just moved my chickens in to this coop, and they seemed to have a hard time adjusting to the new roost. They are used to roosting on a 2x4 ripped in half. So, should I just stick out with the branches? They're pine, but they're good and round. Or should I try to get a full 2x4 so that they have a good flat base?
 

shmccarthy

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I also have a chain link dog fence for my run and I have both round branches and 2x4s for roosting. I found that they like whichever one I put up the highest.
 

blondiebee181

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They defs like to roost high....if I were to re-do my coop, I would have made a few higher ones, I have a hen that thinks roosting up high means trying to sleep on the roof lol. I use 2 inch dowels, but I know a lot of peeps use 2X4s mainly because in the cold it alows the chickens to cover their toes completely with their feathers....how long have you had em? It always takes a bit of adjusting to new environments and routines for them. I have an older second-hand hen from a neighbor that laid her egg on the ground for a while because it took her about a week to get used to my nest box system...
 

lablover

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Yes, they definitely chose the highest one. Last night was their first night in the new coop with the new roosts. I even had to put a light up for them until they found a good spot to stay.
 

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