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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:34 pm 
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Just wondering what people think is better for making a perch for a chook a piece of dowel ( round) or square. I had always thought it should be round as that is what tree branches are like.
What diameter do you think it should be?
Or if you believe square what size?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:26 am 
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I reckon you're over thinking it, since I was a kid we had used everything from broom handles to tree branches and they use them all happily. Last week in fact one of my rhode islands was in the dog yard stealing dog food when the wind evidently blew the gate shut. I found her when locking the others up roosting on the kennel roof. From her protest when i picked her up to move her back to the coop i think she was quite happy!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:14 pm 
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The most important thing is that the perch is big enough in diameter. Chickens don’t grip onto the perch, they squat on it and rest their chests on it. So it needs to provide a decent surface area. As a general guide go for something as thick as a human ankle (ie lower part of your calf). Chooks prefer a rounded perch to a square one, IMO. A smooth-ish tree branch would be perfect. If you do use squared off timber then 70mm x 35mm is good, with the birds sitting on the 70mm side.

Dowel, or a broom stick, would be too narrow except for the tiniest chickens, and even then they’d prefer something much thicker if given the choice.

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