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More details of perches in chicken houses
Perches need to be provided as a place for your chickens to roost at night.Roosting is the act of resting/sleeping off of the ground.In nature,chickens roost on a tree limb.Chickens roost to maintain warmth (by roosting near each other) and to get off of their manure.Perches are not necessary for survival as the chickens will settle on the ground if no perches are provided.If perches are higher than three feet, ladders should be provided to reach the perches.Don't use metal perches because the metal gets cold during the winter,or plastic because it's too slippery. One chicken takes up about nine inches of perch space; so if you have ten hens, then estimate at least 90" of perches.