Got Perch? Chickens Need a Place to Lay Their Weary Feathers.


One of the last add-ons to the chicken coop was the addition of a couple of perches for them to roost on. I had put this off for a while only because they were too small to make use of them just yet. That has changed as they seem to have grown by a factor of three! So roosts were needed and relatively soon. These were simple enough to install as I had pulled them from a couple of our closets (replaced with better closet storage). They worked perfectly. The chickens are fat and healthy, and after a good days scratching around the run, they now have a place in the coop to truly rest.

As for the ladies… they are doing very well. Growth has as mentioned, been astounding. We keep them on chick starter for the last 6 weeks and will continue to do so till they reach full maturity in another 17 weeks. At which time we’ll switch to a feed that provides additional nutrients like calcium for healthy egg production.

The only bad issue to report as of late has been a local bird species that has a taste for chick feed and has diligently made attempts to dig  under the surrounding run. One was successful 😦 So with that I am in preventive maintenance mode. I now have 2/3rds of the surrounding run with additional mesh that runs below the rock line and plan on finishing the rest of the run in the next week. Do not underestimate small birds and their tenacity to want to get at food. These little buggers actually moved 1/2″ rip rap rock and dug a tunnel under the run to get at the feed. AMAZING. So when building your own enclosed run, I’d recommend running steel mesh on the bottom of your runs as well to prevent such occurances with your own chickens.

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Posted on April 25, 2012, in Chickens/Coops/Runs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Isn’t it amazing how suddenly they go from being babies to looking like miniature hens? Your girls look like they’re enjoying their cozy digs. Hope the alterations will keep the intruders at bay — can’t believe they dug through that rock!

    • I know right?! Amazing how fast they grow.
      Yeah, don’t know what species of bird that was, but they do keep trying. Gonna keep at it till that run is like Fort Knox! 😉

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