Will they roost with their rears against the wall?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lhayes1976, May 28, 2011.

  1. lhayes1976

    lhayes1976 In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    I'm doing the finishing touches to 3x4 coop. After finishing my roost and poop board set-up, I realized I did not center the poop board under the roost. I just assumed they would roost the way I wanted them to with their butts against the wall. So now I'm thinking I may have to come up with another poop board solution. My husband thinks they will not look at the wall, but the little window across the coop when they roost. So is it butt in or butt out?
  2. KenK

    KenK Songster

    Jan 23, 2011
    They will face whichever way they want to. Some of mine face the wall and some look out.

    In nature birds always roost facing different ways so they can watch all points of the compass for impending danger. OK, I just made that part up...
  3. lhayes1976

    lhayes1976 In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    Okay--so how far does an "average" poo drop. Will drop straight down? I know they do have blow outs sometimes, but does most of just drop straight down? Maybe if I put a picture of a racoon on the wall, they won't look in that direction.
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    I have 3 roost boards that are the same heighth (48") with a ladder accessing them. Birds roosting on the board closest to the wall all face out. On the other boards most face away from the wall while a few face the opposite direction.
  5. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    My arrangement is similar to Opa's and the ones closest to the wall face both directions. Odd.
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    In general, chickens won't do much of what you want them to do...lol. Mine usually face forward, because I have a window slightly forward of the roosts...but of course other times one or two won't. If there's 8 inches of dropping board on the lesser side, I'd say you'll be safe. Six inches and maybe...if they have good aim. But I'd bet yours will face away from the wall MOST of the time, so it'll still help, even if your dropping board isn't easily adjusted.
    Last edited: May 28, 2011
  7. romadfox

    romadfox In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Ridgeway, SC
    It's funny you asked. My daughter and her husband came to visit this weekend and wanted to see the chickens in the coop late last night. When we looked in, two were facing away from the wall and 6 were facing the wall. Not scientific at all but that's last nights sampling. Whe I look in most nights, they're about the same with most facing the wall and a couple lokking ahead into the coop. Perhaps you should widen the boards.
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:If it helps any, I have 16"-wide droppings boards, centered under the roost, and they catch most but not all of the poo. I am going to guess maybe 90%? Something like that anyhow.

    Good luck, have fun,

  9. lebentier

    lebentier Chirping

    Apr 1, 2011
    mine sleep differently each night. we have started a family pool to see who can best guess where the darn things will be sleeping (i only have two hens right now).
  10. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    Instead of widening the board, why not just set a old cookie pan or one of the rubbermaid trays they sell for behind the seat in SUVs? Then you can simply carry it outside and clean it.

    Mine like to look out their window but usually there is a odd one who's gotta moon the crowd. The only consistant is my roo who always is looking outside for trouble
    Last edited: May 28, 2011

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