I am doing some reworking in the coop, and I would like to add a cabinet to store feed / scratch / straw. I would like to keep as much floor space open as possible, though, so I was thinking about moving the nest boxes on top of the cabinet. So far, their nest boxes have been on the ground. To add to the confusion, I just built some new nest boxes that I haven't given to them yet.
Do you think this will be too much for them to handle all at once?
Is there a recommendation on how high up nest boxes should be? Or as long as they have access via a ramp or ladder does it not matter how high they are? I mean, I am not putting them that high, probably around 4 foot at the most.
Do you think I should first introduce the new boxes in the same location as the old before moving them up, so they have a chance to get used to them? I am thinking they will just keep laying in the corner if I take away their old boxes and stick new ones up on the cabinet. I moved their nest boxes from one side of the coop to the other a while back to make room for sectioning off an area for new birds that they will need to get acquainted with. I did this before sectioning anything off so they would get used to it, but they kept laying in the same spot their boxes used to be up until I fenced it off, even though they were the same boxes. They sure get set in their ways.