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Wide roost made from a 2x4

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MissClaraCluck, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. MissClaraCluck

    MissClaraCluck Out Of The Brooder

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    The roost in my coop is made from a 2x2, but read that a 2x4 set on its wider side is better. Just wondering if anyone has used this wide type of a roost before. It seems it would be more comfortable as they can sit without having to grab on with their toes and their feet are covered by their tummy feathers during cold weather.
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011
  2. FarmerJohn3285

    FarmerJohn3285 County Line Farms

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    That's exactly what I use in all my coops. They love it. Except sometimes my Delaware girls decide to sleep on the privacy fence so they can overlook everyone else on the farm.
     
  3. Chick Norris

    Chick Norris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use a 2x4 wide side up. They seem to like it. If you want to change yours to a 2x4 you could just screw it right to the existing 2x2. That would give your roost more rigidity and help prevent sagging of the 2x4.
     
  4. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I have for my birds. The 2X4s are a better fit for the chicken's feet.
    Jack
     
  5. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    MissClaraCluck, you are correct on all of your thoughts. And many people use 2x4's with the wide side up. Best whishes to you!
     
  6. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always used a 2x3 wide side up for our roosts. It has worked great for us.
     
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Wider roosts are always better. In fact, especially the bigger the breed, the wider the perch you need - Otherwise you might face deformed joints or bent breastbones.
     
  8. Weiden Farm

    Weiden Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a mix of 2x3 and 2x4
    they like them both the same
     
  9. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hahaha.... 4 inches was not wide enough for my girls. I need a minimum of 10 inches for the roost. They love to pile in the corner.
     
  10. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep! My chickens love the 2x4 wide side up too!
     

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