Are nesting boxes necessary?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Flock Master64, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

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    I got a coop and I was wondering if I should put in nesting boxes or not. I started wondering if they were really necessary or not. I mean what's the difference between laying on the coop floor or in a nesting box?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I guess nesting boxes reduce time spent egg hunting, they can be filled with soft litter, and hence reduce the chances of egg breakage - more importantly, reduce the potential for egg-eating, the eggs are not covered in poop etc.

    Some of my girls prefer to lay in the litter under the nesting boxes. The area is not underneath any roosts, they can make their own nests and its not inconvenient to me. I find accommodating their choices a lot easier than getting all bent outta shape, providing its ok for their welfare and safety.
     
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  4. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks both of you, I think I'm going to try the bag idea
     
  5. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am using card board box like a nest box from Costco. I replaced the box when look beat up. It is much easy to collect the eggs then go look for them.
     
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  6. Flock Master64

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    Thanks!
     

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