How many perches are in one perch

The perfect chicken perch

Whether in the high-priced luxury chicken coop or in the inexpensive entry-level model, a chicken rod is included in every chicken coop. However, whether this is the correct diameter has in suitable height is appropriate and a chicken-friendly shape hat is often questionable. In this text we look at the most common questions about perches.

Did you know already:

Chickens don't need to actively hold on to each other all night while sitting on the perch. When the leg muscles are relaxed, the toes pull together and encircle the chicken perch. In order to spread the toes apart, the chicken must tense the muscles of the legs.

The shape: chicken rod round or square

If you build the chicken rods for the chicken coop yourself, you quickly ask yourself the question: "What shape should the perches have?" square timber from the hardware store or do you prefer one round bar?

Square timbers offer the chickens support, but they are not pleasant for the chickens. Take a square timber in your hand and hold it tightly for a while. You quickly notice that the Press edges noticeably.

If you use round poles - as you know from fence posts - you can see that the chickens have a hard time to hold on. The legs cannot be supported on round bars.

Our tip

Just take the chicken rods in your own hands and hold them tight for a few minutes. You can clearly feel which perch shape is comfortable. By turning the bar you can judge whether the chickens can find adequate support.

Diameter of the chicken rod

Now that we know the ideal shape, let's look at the diameter of the chicken rod. Is the Diameter too big it is difficult for the chickens to keep themselves on the perch. On the other hand, is the diameter of the chicken perch too small it is difficult for the chickens to grasp the perch.

Rule of thumb for the diameter: The diameter of the chicken rod should be chosen so that the chickens halfway around the rod.

Our recommendation:

  • For bantams, a diameter of 4 cm is ideal.
  • For normal-sized chickens, 5 cm is more suitable.
  • Large breeds of chickens prefer 6 cm in diameter

The assembly: distance to the wall and correct height

At what height should the chicken rod be installed and at what distance from the wall?

Suitable height for the chicken perch

The chicken perch should be from the hens easy to reach but also at a height where the chickens feel safe. Usually you choose one Height from 50 to 70 cm.

You should also take a look at the chicken breed. If it is quite heavy, more likely chickens lazy to fly the perch should be attached significantly lower than if it is light, happy to fly chickens acts.

Distance to the wall

How big the distance between the perch and the wall is depends on both the size of the hen house and the chickens. Ideally, you choose one Distance from 40 to 50 cm.

How many bars do i need?

Rule of thumb: Calculate 20 to 25 cm of space on the perch per chicken. For example, if you keep 10 chickens, you need 200 to 250 cm of space on the perch. The chickens don't care whether you choose two short perches or one long perch.

Our tip

Chickens always look for the highest place on the perch. If you use several perches, they should be installed at the same height. Otherwise there will be arguments about a place on the highest pole every evening.

Buy chicken perch

For a hobby valuer, it is not difficult to sand the corners of a square timber round or to remove the edges with a plane. However, if you prefer to buy a chicken rod, you will rarely find suitable models in stores.

As an alternative, you can use the nearby forest some thick branches to get hold of and use it as a chicken perch. There is no more natural chicken perch. However, please consult the responsible forester beforehand.

Chicken perch and mites

When buying chickens, no owner thinks about mites and parasites. But you can do it with simple means Make mites difficult now and so use an effective mite repellent for prevention. We explain how to do it below.

Mites hide in cracks and crevices during the day and only come out of their hiding places in the night to suck blood from the chickens. Cracks in the wood of the perches are ideal as mites hiding places, which are not uncommon in ordinary square timber. You can do this before installation close with silicone and thus take away potential nesting sites for the mites.

If you coat the perches with a little salad oil every two weeks, mites can no longer get to the chickens because they settle on the oily surface cannot move.

Chicken Perch FAQ:

Why don't chickens sit on the perch?

The chickens have to get used to the new perches. After you have installed the chicken rods you can use the Put chickens on the perches in the evening. This is no longer necessary after 1-2 days and the chickens go to the bars themselves in the evening.

When do chicks sit on the pole?

After the chicks are completely feathered and the physical abilities if you have to climb the chicken perch, they prefer a quick seat on the perch in the evening.

Do all chickens need perches?

All domestic chickens need perches to spend the night on. The only exception are silk chickens, which do not use normal chicken rods. For these chickens one uses low seat boards.

Are metal chicken rods suitable?

At first glance, metal chicken rods seem sturdy, easy to keep clean and good against mites. However, there are two major drawbacks: First, chickens can only care hold on very badly and secondly, metal chicken rods are special way too cold in winter for the chicken legs. We therefore strongly advise against using metal chicken rods.

Chickens sleep in the laying nest?

Do the chickens go to the laying nest in the evening and avoid the perches? In the morning the laying nest is dead and the shells of the eggs are dirty. The cause is usually that the sleeping place in the Laying nest is higher than the chicken perch. Chickens always prefer the highest place to sleep.