confused about nest box hight.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sam1980, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. sam1980

    sam1980 Out Of The Brooder

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    Does the nest box have to be up off the floor of the coop? Or can it be floor level but with a board in front to separate it from the coop.

    Im worried about going too high with the coop due to winds here.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It doesn't have to be anything special. I have a couple that are floor height with a board separating nest material from coop shavings. I've used a 5 gallon bucket with a hole in the lid.
    I prefer a nest about 15-18" above the floor. That way, even if floor bedding is 4-6" deep it is still higher.
    That isn't too high, so even if there are baby chicks with a broody, they can hop out and back in.
    A hen likes to have a perch in front of an elevated nest so she can peer inside before stepping in.
     
  3. sam1980

    sam1980 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks. I didn't think about the depth of floor covering so thanks thats something else to consider.
     

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