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Do chickens need a perch inside their nest box?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by broe, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. broe

    broe Hatching

    Feb 25, 2009
    do you have to have a perch in a nest box or just when they dont have a nest box

  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Songster

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    I've never put a perch in a nest box, I have perches about 6 feet from there boxes.
  3. broe

    broe Hatching

    Feb 25, 2009
    do you have to have perches in your pen? and what size wood should i use for them?
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2009
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    No. You don't want to put perches in there because where they perch, they poop, and you don't want poo in the nest box or the eggs will get icky.
  5. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    It is a chicken's instinct to roost "perch" at night when they sleep. You should for sure have a roost for them. Most folks use a 2x4 flat ways. This works good in the winter because it keeps their toes under their feathers so they dont get frost bite on their toes. The boards should be rounded off a bit if you can. Some beleive that they are more comfortable if the roost is not round.

    good luck
  6. brian8jr

    brian8jr Hatching

    Aug 24, 2008
    Milo, Maine
    Where my perches are located I fenced around underneath it so they can't get all through it. It's on hinges and I just lift it up and clean it out and put it on the compost pile.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    This may be just a confusion of terminology?

    Usually when people around here say 'nest box' they mean the little, usually something like 1' square or not too much larger, box that the chicken goes into to lay its egg and then leaves.

    Is it possible that broe is talking about the whole indoor *coop*? Which usually contains one nestbox per 3-4 chickens, plus a roost (somewhere distinctly higher than the nestboxes, so they don't sleep/poo in the nestboxes), plus open floor space, and sometimes the waterers and feeders are kept in there too.

    You really really don't want them sleeping where they're going to lay eggs -- it makes for extremely pooey nasty eggs.



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