Which Boards for roost?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by davedavey, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. davedavey

    davedavey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 13, 2013
    washington state
    I am wondering how wide a board to put up for there roost? I have 2x4s 2x3s available. And How wide should the roost be 2, 3 or 4 inches? Thanks
  2. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

    Aug 20, 2015
    Rockingham NC
    From what I've read a 2x4 would probably be best. Gives them enough room to flatten their feet out so when they squat down, they keep their feet warm . So it helps to not get frostbite.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Personally I think this issue is overthought. My chickens have both tree branches and 2*4s and they prefer the branches.

    Nothing is caste in stone.

  4. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use 2x4, with the large side for sitting.
  5. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    We use a 2x4, wide side up for their roost. We also have a 1x4, wide side up for the perch outside the nest boxes.
  6. Cheep N Peep

    Cheep N Peep Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 2x4s wide side up for my girls and they all look comfortable, even the bantam. They shuffle forward so that their toes curl over the front of the roost while they sleep, and the rest of their foot is supported. Their toes are covered by their breast feathers, and in colder weather they sometimes shuffle back and sleep on their toes.
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    My chickens won't roost on 2x4 if the 4 is up, only if the 2 is up, I think it's probably more about what they are used to.
  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I have tree branches from 2" to 3" diameter, and 4" fence posts, and they use all of them. Mary

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