which roost is better

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dustoff79, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    Is the Ladder type roost better than having the roosts all at same height? I see advantages of both but I lean toward the ladder type to allow the chickens to choose the height and easier to get to. any thoughts?
  2. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    I think the only positive about the "same height" roost is that it's easier to put a droppings-board under it for cleaning.

    The ladder-type seems to help allow them to clearly develop a pecking order.

  3. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    I love our ladder type and it is at an incline so no pooping on each other and they are not squished onto a single roost.
  4. JohnL11935

    JohnL11935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The ladder-type roost will also allow for more roosting space within the same amount of horizontal (floor) space because you are now going vertical.

    Does that make sense?

  5. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    I tend to agree with these comments, and have one other question. How far from the wall should the highest (top) roost be? I have heavy breeds, so is 6" enough?
  6. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    The ladder type also allows a step for heavy breeds to get up on the roost and down off. My buff orpingtons sound like a brick landing if and when they fly off the roost instead of using the step. My roost is about 12 inches away from the wall. I wanted it far enough away so I wouldn't get any "streaks" going down the wall behind the roost.
  7. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2008
    Tivoli, NY
    We started with the ladder style made out of tree branches and some of the chickens were using it, but no one ever used the bottom rung and a group of them always huddled together on the floor. So, we made a single roost from 8ft of 2x4 along one wall and they LOVE it and are all up there together every night.
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:I'd suggest more space, like a foot or more. Remember that chickens stick out to the fore and aft of their feet [​IMG] and if it is a solid wall they will usually choose to roost tails-to. Plus, having more space between roost and wall demands less gymnastic grace from them when they are walking/flapping/turning/etc around up there [​IMG]

    Have fun,

  9. JohnL11935

    JohnL11935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used 18" from wall and between roosts when I built mine.


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