How to make an easy DIY chicken roost with items you may have laying around in your yard! This is a great way to add a natural look to your coop.
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My ducks like to fly, but they aren’t really into roosting. When I added chickens to our flock, it quickly became apparent that I needed to add a roosting perch for them or they would be falling off the windowsill…
Also I think the ladies want a place to escape the rooster who, I anticipate, is too fat to hop up to a roost. The hens are certainly the only ones who have been climbing up to the roof of our chicken coop.
How to Make a Chicken Roost
So I decided to get on that STAT. I have wood that I could have used, such as 2x4s, but I had to remove the LAST roost from this coop; it was GROSS. They get pooped on a lot so it’s ideal if you can replace the roosting bar easily.
I decided to try a natural look and use tree branches.
- Old branches about the length or width of your coop.
- 3″ screws
- Drill/screwdriver bit
Ideally, you want somewhat thick, freshly cut branches. The ones I choose were pretty brittle, but I didn’t want to get out the chainsaw. It feels like 110 degrees here right now.
The main issue with brittle branches is that they might snap in half when you try to shove them in your coop and screw them in. These aren’t fresh, but they were cut within the past year so they seemed to do the trick.
I figured that, worse case, I’d replace the branches.
You may want to avoid branches that have a lot of sap in them, like you’d get from pine trees, just to avoid a mess.
Placement of the Roost Bar
I wanted two roosting perches. The placement needed to give me enough room to walk into the coop to collect eggs and clean.
My branches were so long that I had to finagle them a bit to get them to fit inside. Fortunately, they didn’t break in the process.
I have noticed that my hens like to hop up a little higher than the roosters so I angled the branches so there was a lower roosting area and a higher one. If they want, they can hop to the lower area, then walk up the branch to the higher spots.
Of course, they’re in front of the windows so they can get a bit of a breeze too. It’s hot here!
If they don’t use them like this, I can always move the branches. If they poop on them or they break, I can replace the branches free (and regularly).
Attaching the Branches
To attach the branches for the chicken roost, I used 3″ Spax screws. If you aren’t a woodworker, these screws have a star shaped head. You’re probably familiar with the “x” shaped Phillips head screws, but those are more prone to issues like stripping. Once you switch to a star shaped screw/bit, you will NEVER want to use Phillips head screws again.
Whatever type of screws you use, however, you’ll want a longer screw. 3″ seemed to get through my branches to hit the 2×4 stud in the wall of the coop.
As this is inside the coop, I didn’t bother with a screw rated for outdoors.
Make sure to screw these in carefully if your branches are brittle. I didn’t have an issue, however.
And that’s it! Replace as needed.
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