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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:33 am 
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I'm making a big coop and would like to know the best distance from the coop floor to the perch, also the distance between two perches (going to put them on the same level).
I'm using 70x35 mm timber, so which way to put it make it more convenient for the birds. I'd prefer 35 mm as a sitting base though.
Also, would appreciate an advice regarding the coop orientation (entrance, roof tilt direction) towards sun light ect.
I have a high solid fence from the West.
The birds will be heavy - like Austrolops and similar.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:13 am 
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For heavy birds make sure the 70mm surface is at the top. 35mm is too narrow.

50cm is probably a good distance from the perch to the floor. Australorps are big birds and it’s an effort for them to get up onto a high perch. Also, you don’t want them jumping down a big distance. I’d put one perch at about 50cm and the other one higher so they can use the lower one to get onto the higher one.

Have the open side of your coop facing away from the direction that heavy rain and storms typically cone from in your area. No need to try to catch sunlight. As much shade as possible is best, especially for big birds that will struggle when temps get much over 30 degrees.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:37 pm 
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What Rach said. It's also better to have layer boxes LOWER than your perch height. You may otherwise find they sleep in there.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:32 pm 
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Thank you guys. The coop will be not like a shed-size, so I'll have to fiddle around a bit to comply with those recommendations.


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