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I have a chicken tractor where the nesting boxes are with the same level as the floor. Is there a certain height that they should be at in a regular hen house? Constructing my first hen house. Thank you for the help. 

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I have a chicken tractor where the nesting boxes are with the same level as the floor. Is there a certain height that they should be at in a regular hen house? Constructing my first hen house. Thank you for the help.  Two feet off the floor works good for me I am 5'9".

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Thank you for the help Coco!

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Mine are 18" off the floor. I'm 5'2" so this is perfect for me. If you make them very high, add a ladder to make it easier for them to get up on the nest perch. Don't forget to make your roosts higher than your nests. If you don't they will start roosting in your nests giving you poopy eggs.

Best ever bucket feeder!

Best ever bucket waterer!

Chickens need Ventilation!

Do your chickens need more room?

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Best ever bucket feeder!

Best ever bucket waterer!

Chickens need Ventilation!

Do your chickens need more room?

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I have a chicken tractor where the nesting boxes are with the same level as the floor. Is there a certain height that they should be at in a regular hen house? Constructing my first hen house. Thank you for the help. 

Really depends on the floor plan size and height of the coop.

Nests, roosts, pop door, ventilation all have a relationship to one another and should be placed based on other factors.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Pic 1 is the door I open to get the eggs w/o going into the coop.  Pic 2 is taken from the run door.  Pic three shows the coop side of the boxes.  The bottom boxes are about 4" off the ground, with a 1x6 lip (to hold the trays/shavings in).  The kitty litter trays are 18" x 15" x 5" and work perfectly for my orpingtons and barred rocks...plenty of room for them to get in and move around.  They trays are really nice to have because if they mess anything up (broken egg/poop) I can remove the tray, wash it out, refill with shavings, and return...the wood of the nest boxes never gets dirty.

 

Bottom line though is you'll need to work with the space you have, which is why EVERYBODY has a different nest box setup!

 

 

 

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It is important for them to be off the floor. when nest boxes are left on the floor, the birds are more likely to eat eggs.

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Thank you for all your help! 

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