Can I put roosts above lay boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Shaela, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Shaela

    Shaela Out Of The Brooder

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    If my lay boxes are completely covered to protect them from droppings, can I put roosts above them?
     
  2. Bradfordj

    Bradfordj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see why not! Most people don't because of the mess the birds will make when they are roosting at night. If you are prepared to clean up the droppings that will fall on top of the boxes then its your call. There really isn't a right or wrong answer to things like that. Its what works for you, your birds, and the chores you are willing to complete.
     
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  3. Shaela

    Shaela Out Of The Brooder

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    Great, thank you! I am planning a pull-out tray below them for easy cleaning. :)
     
  4. ajoyna1

    ajoyna1 New Egg

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    clean up the droppings that will fall on top of the boxes then its your call. There really isn't a right or wrong answer to things like that. Its what works for you, your birds, and the chores you are willing to complete....??

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  5. ajoyna1

    ajoyna1 New Egg

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    will fall on top of the boxes then its your call. There really isn't a right or wrong answer to things like that. Its what works for you, your birds, and the chores you are willing to complete.






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  6. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The poo will likely draw flies unless you clean it every morning. Those flies will then be on your hens and eggs. If there is any other way to configure, I would do that instead.
     
  7. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I do this all the time because I use "poop boards" at 4 ft high, then the roosts above that. The area below the poop boards is well protected from falling droppings, so it works great for nestboxes, as well as food and water.
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    As long as the poop is not going into the nests, it’s a good way to utilize space. You have a droppings board so that will work fine. My brooder is built in under my roosts with the top acting as a droppings board.

    We all develop our own routines as to how often and where we clean. With my set-up, climate, and number of chickens (which affects poop load) I clean less than once a week, sometimes much less, and don’t draw flies. Some people clean every day. You’ll need to develop your own routine for how often you clean.
     

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