We need to set up nesting boxes soon. Our Red Star and BO are 15 weeks old. Also I have Aussie's on the way and I am crossing my fingers that between the BO, the future Aussie's and our 6 wk old Rock pullet that I get a couple broody hens that become mommies.
So here are my questions:
I have read that the nesting boxes should be up off the ground (as long as they are lower than the roost) but *if* in the event I do have a hen hatch eggs should I plan ahead now and have the boxes a little lower so the chicks can hop out without falling too far? If so, how low would that be from the ground? 12 inches, 6, lower?
Also, I read about people relocating their broody hen and/ or the hen and chicks after they have hatched. What is the reason for that? If I am going to need a separate area then maybe I should just include that in my plans now?
Oh, I am sure I am over thinking and over complicating this.....