Can I put the nesting boxes on the floor of the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ragerkid2, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have brahmas an there not that great at flying, I'm assuming the roost needs to be lower. Can I pit the nesting boxes on the floor so I can have the roost elevated high enough, but yet low enough for the brahmas. Any help/ ideas are welcomed!
    ~Brandon
     
  2. spotstealer

    spotstealer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My nesting boxes are mounted at floor level, they sort of hang out the back side of the coop. If you put yoyurs on the floor near the roost, you may want to put in a poop board to keep poop out of the nest boxes.
     
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  3. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are level with the floor and hang outside of the coop. My roosts are on the opposite side.
     
  4. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop is very small because I have just 2 hens. It's only 3' tall so the nest box is on the floor and the perch is 18" above the floor. It works great for us!
     
  5. Braxton

    Braxton Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks...for ....sharing.........
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree...
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  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I had nest boxes on the floor in one of my coops and they worked out well.
     
  8. whiteflare

    whiteflare Out of the blue

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    My nest boxes are on the floor.
    The chickens, of course, completely ignore them and lay in a makeshift nest hidding behind an old cardboard box in the far corner. [​IMG]

    The ways of chickens continue to amuse me.

    Floor level should be fine though, go for it. [​IMG]
     
  9. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a nest box mounted on the wall once, long ago. The girls laid their eggs on the floor underneath it.

    The best nest box I ever had was an old cardboard box full of straw. When it got dirty I tossed it on the compost heap, poop, straw and all, and put in another box. Cheap. [​IMG]
     
  10. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have old wooden apple boxes as nests. Just layed on the floor. We had them mounted, but our banties hated it. Now they love it. [​IMG]
     

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