Anyone have nest boxes only in run?

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  1. jennyf

    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a small raised coop with a run around it that is very sheltered (side of house with an overhang). In order to give them max coop space, is there any reason the nest box can't be attached externally under the coop, but not IN the coop? Anyone do this? Just 2-3 chickens and one nest box.
     
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    alibabba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should be no prob. I have little dog houses and covered cat boxes that are used whenever I have had to move them. Put the fake eggs or golf balls in all will be well!
     
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    Spartan22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 3 nesting boxes in the roofed run and my new layers used them last year until closed to winter then they started using the nests in the coop with the older hens. I don't think it should be a problem as long as it's protected from the elements.
     
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  4. IZZYBELLA

    IZZYBELLA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I assume you are somewhere warm year round? Having boxes in the run would not work in a Maine winter!
     
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    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    St. Louis, so not warm winters, but its tucked into the overhang of the garage, with human door access (from the garage) right there...
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Might work...not much different than an exterior nest with access from inside the coop.
    Oh, except for the access from inside the coop part ;).
    If the area is sheltered enough thru winter so they always have access even during the worst winter storms, it should work ok.

    Can you post pics of the situation?
     
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    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep! The circle is where I'm thinking I'd attach it, under the coop attached to the underside. Just trying to save space inside--because we were supposed to be keeping 2-3 chickens and now kids are begging to keep one more... There's an automatic door so they have access to outside both early and late.
     

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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I would not add another bird to that setup, wait until you get thru your first winter.
    It's already rather small and integrating more birds is a whole another learning curve that goes much better with more space than that.

    I suppose the nest would work under there, but it's not that well protected of an area.
    Can you post a pic from farther back to see the whole coop/run?
    Any plans for winterization...and how much snow do you get?
     
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    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, not adding any birds--no integration will be occurring! There are 6 7 week olds in there now. I figured we'd make sure no roosters (or mortality), but my intention is to rehome 3 of those 6 to a friend. Last year it snowed just twice--a few inches each time.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ooohhh, so sorry, I misread 'keeping one more' as 'getting one more'.
     

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