Creative Nesting Box placement? Space issue?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kyflock, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. kyflock

    kyflock In the Brooder

    Jul 26, 2012
    So we have a coop that I really like... that I want to put most of this spring's newbies in... But there are two problems.

    1) the old ladies (what I call them) will insist on staying in this coop... I've tried moving them before but eventually I break down and let them live in it again... So it will be slightly more cramped than I'd like. I'm not worried about comfort or roosting space... It's actually quite tall and they are literally hardly in there. They're let out early and go in late, summer and winter. But... I can't figure out how to rearrange the nesting boxes... they seem to take up sooo much space. It is built with a cattle panel and chicken wire, with tarp/roofing on top... But does have a wood front and back. So I'm wondering if I should put the nesting boxes sticking out the back side? There's a door in the middle but they might fit on each side?

    So is there designs or a kit or something for doing this? Or otherwise does anyone else have a creative idea for putting next boxes in without taking up space?

  2. Free Feather

    Free Feather Songster

    You could put them under the roosts, if they have a top on them, to act as a dropping board. Otherwise make them with exterior access.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Need more info, like dimensions and pics always help immensely.

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