DIY Chicken Roost: How to Keep Your Chickens Safe


Tracy LynnThe noise was deafening and sounded as if our entire flock was under attack. We went running out to help and found in the chaos of feathers and squawks there was a weasel inside of our chicken coop.

Luckily for us, the hens were all up safely on their roost yelling at the uninvited guest down below. We got in and remove the weasel and then got to work closing up his point of entry.

Over the years I have found when raising chickens, it is best to be proactive whenever possible. If it can happen, at least in our case, it will happen, so I like to try to be a few steps ahead in order to keep our entire flock protected in their coop.

That is why having a safe and secure roost is crucial to the safety of your entire flock, especially at night.

First, let’s back up just a bit.

What is a chicken roost and why do you need one?

A chicken roost is an area where your hens can get safely off of the ground to sleep at night. This is called roosting and it is not something chickens like to do on the ground. Their instinct tells them to get up to safety and having a roost will provide them a safe place to sleep.

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