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Post by MrsNesbitt on 29th January 2010, 11:06 pm

Our henhouse's base is made from 2 thick layers of wood/chipboard.
The perch fell off today, I didn't know until I shut the door.
When I shone the torch in the hens seemed happy enough, cuddling together on the layer of wood shavings (which I clean every day) is there an urgent need to replace the perch or are they OK for a while?

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Post by Guest on 1st February 2010, 6:22 pm

I does seem there natural thing to do - perch. Its warmer off the ground and they are away from their droppings and mites. We just use hazel sticks so they can be replaced at no cost frequently.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 1st February 2010, 6:34 pm

They aren't going to suffer greatly for a few days until you get it fixed though.

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Post by Nick B on 3rd February 2010, 1:26 pm

How about puting a small branch in until you have it fixed,
or a wooden box so they can perch un the sides??
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Post by Compostwoman on 3rd February 2010, 2:43 pm

Some of ours choose to sit on the floor, even though they are well up the pecking order....one always sits in the doorway, even if she is the only one in there....

As Billy says, I don't think it will hurt for a couple of days tbh...

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Post by Broadstoneuk on 9th July 2010, 11:11 am

When you do replace the perch, make sure it's square or rectnagular as opposed to round. The chickens will prefer a square perch, it's easier for them to balance on !
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