Chicken Roost Design

17+ Genius Chicken Roost Ideas for Cozy Nights : You Can’t Resist!

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Now I know what you’re thinking – chicken coops are for sleeping and egg-laying, not interior decorating!

But just because your ladies need a practical home doesn’t mean it can’t also be cute. Just have a look at this Gallery here:

As a longtime chicken keeper myself, I’ve learned that a well-designed roost can make your hens feel safe, comfortable, and happy.

And what chicken mama wouldn’t want that?

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Over the years, I’ve experimented with all kinds of fun roost designs using materials from around the farm.

I’ve made funky multi-level jungle gyms from old ladders, swinging log hammocks, and even a repurposed dresser turned on its side!

Chickens can be picky, but with enough trial and error, you’ll find something that suits your flock’s style.

Let me show you some of my all-time favorite roost designs to get your creative juices flowing:

1. Rustic Tree Branch Roosts

There’s nothing chickens love more than the feeling of sleeping on a real tree branch. It’s in their DNA! This rustic roost uses natural wood branches fitted horizontally across the coop.

Chicken Roost Ideas: Rustic Tree Branch Roosts

I like to go out into the woods and hand select nice sturdy branches that have good forking shapes. Oak, maple, ash, and birch are great hardwood options that will last a long time indoors.

Cut them to size with a hand saw. Then sand and seal the ends to prevent splintering.

I space my horizontal branches about 1-2 feet apart vertically, with varying heights and widths to give the chickens options for their sleeping positions.

Chicken Roost Ideas: Rustic Tree Branch Roosts

The smallest birds roost lower, while the bigger boss hens claim the higher perches.

As an added bonus, the textured bark and curves help keep their feet healthy, naturally filing down claws and stimulating foot circulation.

If you want to get really fancy, you can incorporate live tree saplings right into your coop design! Just be sure to give them adequate sunlight from windows or skylights so they stay healthy indoors.

2. Pallet Roosts

Upcycle old wooden pallets into a cute and functional roost!

I’m lucky enough to live near a bunch of farms, so I can usually get pallets for free or cheap when they have spares.

Chicken Roost Ideas Pallet

Just call around to places that receive big shipments. Make sure the pallets are untreated softwood, not pressure treated. Pressure treated wood can release harmful chemicals.

I like to lightly sand the pallets first, just to smooth down any splinters or rough bits from wear and tear. Then I stack two or three pallets together widthwise, securing them tightly to the coop walls with durable L-brackets.

You can also screw them directly into wall studs for extra strength. The built-in spaces between the pallet slats promote air circulation to keep the chickens comfortable.

If you want to spruce up plain wood pallets, try giving them a nice coat of chicken-safe paint! I’ve done fun patterns like red and white stripes, polka dots, and even had my nieces add their colorful handprints.

The chickens don’t seem to care what color it is, but it sure brightens up the coop for us humans.

3. Ladder Roost

Let your chickens climb to the highest roost in the land with a wooden ladder design. I like to use old extension ladders that I find at garage sales or on craigslist for cheap.

Give it a good scrub and prop it horizontally along the back wall of the coop, securing it with metal brackets.

Chicken Roost Ideas: Ladder Roost

The built-in ladder rungs provide plenty of roosting space options for my flock. They can choose whichever rung suits their preferences that night.

I also angle one end of the ladder down to touch the floor. This creates a fun ladder bridge that lets the chickens climb, scratch, and dust bathe underneath. It’s hilarious to watch them play on it!

If you don’t have an old ladder, you can DIY your own ladder-style roost from wooden dowels or branches.

Just be sure to sand any sharp bits and space the rungs about 10 inches apart vertically. That’s a comfy distance for easing onto the roost.

4. Hammock Roost

Sway the day away on a cozy chicken hammock roost! I came up with this idea while relaxing in my own hammock one afternoon. I figured if it feels this comfy for me, why not let the chickens try it too?

Chicken Roost Ideas:Hammock Roost

To make it, I crisscrossed sturdy nylon rope underneath the ceiling joists in the coop. You can also attach eye screws to the ceiling and tie rope between them.

Space the ropes about 18 inches apart to form a net. Then clip metal chain swag hooks every foot or so along the ropes.

Next I gathered metal mesh leftover from my compost bin and folded it into loose pouches. Use zip ties to attach the pouches to the chain hooks, creating free-swinging hammock beds.

The movement helps strengthen the chickens’ foot grip as they balance on the swinging perch. Plus, they absolutely love bunking together in the cozy mesh.

I like to decorate their hammock space with cozy patchwork blankets, especially for cold winters here in Vermont. Seeing my flock all bundled up and swaying together in their hammocks warms my heart on chilly nights!

5. Rope Perch

You can buy ready-made rope perches, or DIY your own by tightly winding sisal rope around wooden dowels.

Chicken Roost Ideas: Rope Perch

I prefer to make them myself since the store bought ones tend to be flimsier. The natural fiber rope provides a textured grippy surface that’s easy on the chickens’ feet.

Cut the wooden dowels to your desired length, sand off any splinters, and drill pilot holes in the ends.

Then start winding the rope tightly around the dowel, securing it in place with galvanized nails every few inches. I like to use a 16-20 foot length of 1/2″ sisal rope for each 3 foot dowel.

Hang multiple rope perches at staggered heights along one coop wall, spacing them at least 18 inches apart vertically. The natural fibers are great at absorbing odors and moisture. Bonus: rope perches are super cheap and easy to replace when they get too soiled!

6. Repurposed Ladder Bookshelf

Here’s an upcycling project for the bookshelf chickens! Turn an old wooden ladder into a fun roosting bookshelf for your literary ladies.

Chicken Roost Ideas: Repurposed Ladder Bookshelf

I came across this creative design from a fellow chicken keeper who managed to snag a vintage library ladder. But any sturdy wooden ladder will work.

To make it, lay the ladder horizontally along a coop wall at roosting height. Then use scrap wood to create a shelf “ladder” that matches up with each of the ladder rungs. Secure the shelves in place with brackets. Now you’ve got built-in roosting levels and book nooks!

Add some chicken-safe books and decor items to create fun spots for perching and nesting.

Try using old books from garage sales, or make dummy books from scrap wood and contact paper printed with book covers. I like to include titles like “The Hen Who Thought She Could”, “Chicken Little”, and “Are You My Mother?”. Too cute!

You can get really creative with the “books” by hiding treats or making secret little cubbies for laying. My girls love hopping from shelf to shelf finding surprises as they roost for the night. It keeps them entertained for hours!

7. Sunroom Roosting Spots

Let your flock feel fancy by installing their roosts inside a coop sunroom! Adding a sunroom onto your coop provides extra space for roosting, scratching, and dust bathing.

Chicken Roost Ideas: Repurposed Ladder Bookshelf

Plus, the sunlight streaming through makes it an ideal spot for winter roosts that catch warm rays.

Build a wood-framed addition with at least two walls made of glass or polycarbonate sheets.

Make sure to include ventilation at chicken height along the ceiling. Install your roosts, feeders, and baths inside the sunroom space. You can get creative with multi-level platforms, branches, and hammocks.

I also like to add solar-powered heating pads, cozy fleece blankets, and even a small heater for my sunroom to keep winter nights nice and toasty warm.

My girls adore preening their feathers in the sunny patches as they wait for me to close up the coop each evening. It’s become their favorite hangout spot!

8. Bathtub Bug Buffet

Turn an old cast-iron bathtub on its end to create a coop roost and bug buffet in one! Metal bathtubs have such a fun vintage look, and make sturdy raised beds for chickens when flipped vertically.

Prop the tub against a wall and secure it in place.

Then fill the bottom partway with dirt and add insect-attracting plants like lavender, mints, and chives.

The plants draw extra bugs into the tub so clever chickens can snack on yummy fresh insects from their roost up top. Add a few roosting bars across the open side for the chickens to hunker on.

I love when my chickens roost on their bathtub bug bar at the end of the day. They chatter excitedly hunting for any last crunchy bugs crawling around before bedtime. It keeps their tummies full and entertained. Plus it looks so stinkin’ cute!

9. Hidden Hutch Roost

Conceal your coop’s roosting area inside a charming hutch front for a whimsical focal point. Use an old armoire or repurposed cabinet laid horizontally across a corner.

Secure it into the coop framing, then remove the back panel to open it into the coop interior.

Decorate the facade to look like a chic vintage hutch, with patterned paint or wallpaper inside the door panels. Install your roosting bars and perches inside the cabinet so the chickens can enter through the back to roost. Then close up the facade at night for a cozy hidden roost!

From the outside, your coop appears to have a decorative hutch built into the corner. But it secretly houses the chicken’s entire roosting area inside. I’ve also seen people use old entertainment centers laid sideways to similar effect. So clever!

10. Decked Out Doghouse

Upcycle an old doghouse into a darling little chicken roosting nook! Look for a metal or plastic doghouse with a removable roof panel – this will allow access for easy cleaning. Thoroughly scrub and disinfect the interior.

Then decorate the doghouse with paint or wallpaper inside and out to make it cheery and chick-friendly. Add a small roosting bar and/or wooden block perches. Place it inside the main coop or chicken run so hens can freely access it. The cozy nesting nook lets shy chickens roost in privacy.

You can also create fun “bunk beds” by stacking two or three doghouses together with access holes cut into the sides. The chickens will have a blast hopping from bunk to bunk at bedtime or ducking into hideaways for a midday nap. Repurposed doghouses make adorable roosting cottages!

11. Garden Obelisk Roost

Let your chickens roost in style with a decorative garden obelisk inside their coop. Obelisks are structures made of solid wood or metal that create a tall trellis effect for climbing vines and flowers. But they can also make fabulous multi-level chicken roosts!

Look for a large obelisk at least 5 feet tall. Carefully bring it inside the coop and secure the base to the floor. You may need to trim the top a bit if your ceiling is low. Then add horizontal roosting dowels or branches that stick out along each side, giving chickens designated perches to grasp.

The chickens will have a blast hopping from perch to perch up and down the obelisk as they jostle for the best roosting spots. You can even grow climbing vines up the obelisk that produce snacks like peas or beans right at roost height. Just be sure to avoid toxic plants.

At the end of the day, my chickens love hunkering down together on their majestic obelisk roost. It keeps their little chicken feet nice and rustic!

12. Bunk Bed Roost Nooks

Install stackable bunk beds in your coop to create the ultimate roosting playground. Use old metal bed frames or repurposed wooden apple crates to form the beds. Stack two or three units on top of each other and secure to the wall with durable L-brackets.

Then deck out each bunk with features for roosting, nesting, and perching. Add dowel roosts or wooden blocks, fill crates with hay for nesting, and include ramps between levels. You can even hang cabbage leaves or string across for entertainment.

The chickens will spend hours jumping from bunk to bunk, nesting in secret nooks, and foraging for goodies. It’s amazing how much activity you can add to a small coop with stacked bunks. Just be sure to avoid more than 3-4 levels so the top chickens stay safe from falls.

13. Repurposed China Cabinet

Turn an old china cabinet on its back to make a charming built-in chicken roost. Solid wood cabinets work best for durability. Lay the cabinet horizontally on a platform, securing it to the coop wall. Then remove the glass doors and replace with wood panels or hardware cloth to prevent drafts.

The open cabinets create built-in cubbies for nesting, while the top surface becomes the roosting area. Add a grippy rug remnant to the top for foot traction. You can even decorate the inside with contact paper or wallpaper remnants to match your coop style.

At night, your chickens will love hopping up to their hidden roosting nook inside the repurposed cabinet. The little cubbies and shelving let shy hens duck away, while keeping the flock together in one space.

14. Window Box Perches

Line your coop windows with wooden window boxes to create a built-in roosting and lounging area. Choose window boxes made of solid cedar, or use plywood to build custom boxes to fit your windowsills. Waterproof and stain the boxes prior to installation.

Mount the window boxes securely just below each window. Then fill with dirt and add drainage holes to create flowery planter boxes. The flowers help purify the indoor air. You can also remove one side of the box to create open roosting perches.

The chickens will love hopping up to admire the views from their new perches, or nibbling on the tasty blooms inside. It’s a great way to add multifunctional roosting spots without taking up floor space in a small coop.

15. Salvaged Farm Tools

Add rustic farmhouse charm to your coop roosts using old tools and equipment. Vintage items like galvanized washtubs, wooden ladders, crates, and metal wheelbarrows make novel perches when cleaned and secured safely.

Try mounting a steel wheelbarrow or feed trough horizontally on the wall to create built-in roosting platforms. Repurposed baskets or wooden crates can stack as fun bunk beds. Just be sure to smooth any sharp edges to prevent injuries.

Let your chickens roost on a piece of the farm’s history! The varied textures and heights keep their feet healthy. Plus, it’s a great way to upcycle beloved antiques and preserve old farming heritage in a new way.

16. Window Seal Perches

Install wooden perches along your coop’s window sills for built-in roosting and birdwatching spots. Use 2×2 boards cut to fit snugly into each window framing. Screw or glue the trim boards in place all along the sill.

Then add grip tape, outdoor carpet, or wood bark inserts on top to create textured perching space. You can also include built-in food and water bowls secured to the windowsills. Install a latch so the window can open for ventilation.

The chickens will enjoy hopping up to watch the action outdoors from their sunny perches. It’s also helpful for quarantining sick birds – just latch the window shut to separate them from the flock while allowing light and air flow.

Pro Tip: Add adjustable exterior shutters to give yourself privacy if the coop windows face public areas of your yard!

17. Macrame Hanging Planters

Suspend decorative macrame plant holders at chicken height to create swinging roosts with built-in foraging. Macrame plant holders have a retro boho vibe that pairs perfectly with chicken chic!

Look for large macrame baskets or hangers in cotton cord or hemp. Then mount sturdy hooks on the ceiling and loop rope through the macrame tops for hanging. Fill the baskets with potting mix and leafy greens like spinach or kale.

The hanging macrame planters will attract the chickens up to nibble greens and scratch in the dirt. You can also tuck small roosting dowels or branches into the plant basket for added perching spots. Top with a fluffy fleece blanket for winter nesting cubbies!

18. Hollow Log Nooks

Bring the outdoors in by installing natural tree hollows for enclosed roosting nooks. Use a chainsaw to carefully cut downed logs into segments around 18-24 inches long. Choose logs at least 12 inches diameter to allow hollow interior space.

Sand the cut log ends smooth and mount the segments horizontally onto a coop wall. You can also stand logs vertically like towers. Just be sure to secure them very well so they don’t risk falling over.

The dark interior of the log segments makes private little caves that appeal to a chicken’s ancestral forest instincts. At night, your flock may tussle over who gets to roost in the coveted log nooks!

19. Repurposed Drawers

Upcycle an old dresser, desk, or shelf unit by turning the drawers into fun stacked roosting cubbies. Use pieces made of solid wood for durability – avoid particleboard which won’t withstand moisture.

Stack the drawers any way you like – horizontally, vertically, or even staggered in fun patterns. Secure them into the coop framing and remove the cabinet back to open access to the coop interior. Add grippy shelf liner or carpet squares inside.

The deep drawers become secluded nesting nooks and alternative roosting spaces. Your flock will enjoy hopping drawer to drawer as they settle in each evening. It’s an easy upcycle for quirky sheltered roosts!

20. Chandelier Perches

Hang a funky vintage chandelier horizontally to create the ultimate glam chicken roost. Search architectural salvage stores or garage sales for unique chandeliers with ornate curves, dangling beads, or swooping metalwork.

Clean and polish the chandelier then install sturdy ceiling hooks to hang it safety inside the coop. The dangling beads and looping metal framework make fun spots for perching feet. It brings a whimsical touch of luxury to their humble home!

Make sure to position the chandelier out of the main dropping zone, and above head height to prevent bopping into it accidentally.

Let your fancy chickens roost in style on their glitzy new chandelier perch.

More Jaw-Dropping Chicken Roost Designs You Can’t Resist

Think outside the box when designing your chicken roost area!

Here are a few more fun ideas I’ve seen from fellow chicken keepers:

  • Old window shutters laid sideways
  • Repurposed kitchen cabinets turned horizontally
  • Scrap wood planks in funky shapes
  • Salvaged barn beams or rafters
  • PVC pipe jungle gyms
  • Bunk bed style stacked perches
  • Hanging macrame plant holders
  • Tree stumps, curved branches, or logs
  • Wall-mounted shelving units
  • Old dressers or nightstands laid sideways

The options for chicken roosts really are endless! I love seeing how creative my fellow chicken keepers get with upcycling materials from around their homes and farms.

The key is to provide different heights, widths, and textures to accommodate chickens of all sizes. Just be sure to sand down any sharp points or splinters.

Placement is important too. I recommend installing roosts at least 2 feet off the ground and 12 inches from walls for optimal airflow.

Cross-ventilation prevents moist ammonia buildup from the chicken’s droppings. Proper roost height also keeps your flock safe from predators while snoozing.

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