again with the nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ab2401, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. ab2401

    ab2401 In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2008
    Woodstock, AL
    I read somewhere they need to a few inches up from the floor... but my coop is already set up with a place for boxes about 2' up maybe 3'

    would that be ok..... how high can they jump?

    or should I move them down?
  2. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Songster

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina
    I use nest boxes in various heights in my coop. 2 actually sit down on the floor and two are higher up--about 2 feet off the floor. My hens also made a deep nest in the straw on the floor by themselves, too! The use all of them to lay their eggs in. They especially seem to just like darkness to lay their eggs in from watching my own hens!

    My standards can all fly 3 to 4 feet high and some like to go higher (Daisy can go 6')
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2008
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    We have a double row of nest boxes (four on top of four) with the bottom ones about a foot off the floor and the top ones just over two feet off the floor. My girls (standard breeds) use both the top and bottoms ones but seem to prefer the top ones.
  4. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    my hens can FLY. they can clear a 6ft wall that is at the farm. the only plus side to having the nests close to the floor is for better humidity if ur breeding

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