Coop design help

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mbobb2012, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. mbobb2012

    mbobb2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys I've started my coop but while I was out my grandpa and dad put my nest boxes in...an old cabinet @ 48" of the ground ...my coop is in my garage...will my hens use nest boxes that high up
     
  2. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 ft up is kinda high. If you have room, you can add a few wood bars in front and out a bit to help them hop up and in. My preference would be to lower that down a couple of feet for them.
     
  3. mbobb2012

    mbobb2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I put a ladder up to them will the walk up the ladder?
     
  4. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you could add a ladder/ramp and then a platform or bar out 6" or 8" for them to get to each nesting box. I doubt that you want a ladder up to each box. I assume the boxes are close top instead of open top.
     
  5. mbobb2012

    mbobb2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The boxes are an old cabinet on its side and the door opens on the outside of the coop but yea all four sides closed with open front
     
  6. mbobb2012

    mbobb2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. ScottM

    ScottM Chillin' With My Peeps

    If the nest boxes are at the same height as the roost, expect them to sleep and poop in their nests.

    Scott
     
  8. mbobb2012

    mbobb2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What if I put the roosts above...or should I really lower it
     
  9. ScottM

    ScottM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Plus it looks like they will need some kind of ledge (look at pics of otherness boxes to see what I mean)
     
  10. mbobb2012

    mbobb2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I put the bars above it will the roost on top
     

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