What is the proper size roost for a chicken?
Chickens love to roost. They will roost on nearly anything but having perches the correct size for their feet gives them a comfortable place to rest. Proper sized roosts also allow them to regulate their temperature more easily, exercise their toes, fluff their feathers, and smooth down their nails.
Regular sized chickens should have roosts about 1 1/2 inches wide with rounded edges. Bantams should have roosts about 1 inch wide, also with rounded edges.
Of course, the proper height of the roost is also important.18″ of space should be allowed between the wall and the perch so the birds have enough space to be comfortable and 18″ high works as well. If building multi-level perches (see this article on a simple multi-level, portable, and easy to clean roost), 12″ to 18″ both vertically and horizontally is suggested. If your coop is small, use the 12″ measurement, if you have the room, 18″ is suggested.
Of course, you can also use branches if you prefer, just be sure they are close to the size suggested.
Do you use a different size roost?
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