? about my new nest box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dchickenman, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. dchickenman

    dchickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets are about 15 weeks old now, so I figured I'd better build a nest box & let them get used to it now. Got it done & put it in last week. It's 3 ft wide, 1 ft high & 1 ft deep. 2 openings about 1 ft wide, and due to an oversight on my part ( forgot to account for the rail I had to put in to keep the nesting material in the box) made the height of the entrances only about 8 in. Is this high enough for standard hens? They seem a little reluctant to go in, even after I added the wooden egg. Also, it's only about 10 inches off the floor, so I know they can see in. Should the openings be bigger? I'd hate to tear the whole thing out to redo!
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could stand the whole thing on end and have 2 nest boxes with easier access one on top of each other. Give it a little time, they might get used to it, but ultimately its up to the hens. If they don't like em, they won't use em.
     
  3. dchickenman

    dchickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks emys. Your response to my post is the most sensible one I've had all day
     

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