Blank slate for arranging the inside of our coop.....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by QuiltinChick, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. QuiltinChick

    QuiltinChick Out Of The Brooder

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    So we are still making progress on our coop. Right now we pretty much have a blank slate and we can put our nests, roosts, feeders and waterers any where we want to. Is there any certain way we need to place everything? Our coop has windows on the North, East and West sides. The South side has the human door that has half a window in it. The West wall will have a pop door that will go out to a covered run and then to a fenced run.

    Inside the human door on the left is a closet to keep the food and supplies in. Other then that the walls are all open, right now. Initially, we were thinking to put the nest boxes on the West wall and the roosts on the North wall. The East wall would then be open with nothing on it where you walk in to the coop.

    We know the roosts need to be higher then the nest boxes, but is there anything else we need to take in to consideration?
     
  2. Cryptkeeper

    Cryptkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I put in my nesting boxes, I put them in the darkest area of wall. I have windows on the east wall (large 6'x3.5') and windows on my south wall 3'x2', one on each side of the human door. My nesting boxes went under the large east window. I read that a darker area was better in an old magazine that my dad gave me from the '70's.
    Good luck, and post a pic or two when you get t all dialed in [​IMG]
    (the sizes are my windows)
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2012
  3. QuiltinChick

    QuiltinChick Out Of The Brooder

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    THANKS for the response.

    I think this is the part that I am trying to achieve. If I hang the nest boxes on the West wall the would only get morning sun, but that is when they will want it dark. If I hang it on the East wall, it will get some afternoon sun, so I'm concerned about the eggs getting direct sunlight and going bad. If we put the nest boxes on the North wall then when humans walk in the door on the South wall you will be looking directly in to the nest boxes. I think I have read that they like the nest boxes to be dark and kind of out of the way.

    Maybe we just did too much natural light.
     
  4. Cryptkeeper

    Cryptkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not worry about the eggs going bad, unless you leave them there for a few days. When i was a kid, sometimes our eggs would be out in the nests for 2-3 days and were just fine.
     

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