Do chickens use stacked nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sandy sea, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Help. My Husband is outside waiting for answers of where to place more nesting boxes. Do chickens use stacked nesting boxes or should I just add the new boxes on another wall about 4 inches from floor? If I stack the new ones over my old ones the boxes would start at about 18 inches from the ground. What works best?
     
  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    my grandmas coop had stacked boxes and the hens prefered the lower ones.
     
  3. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    I have stacked boxes. One uses the bottom, one uses the top and one switches between the two.....
     
  4. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    We have a set of stacked boxes - 3 hens use the lower one, one hen uses the upper one, but I had to train her to do that by placing her up there while she was waiting for the other box to become available. I also have two kitty litter boxes on the floor.
    Four hens lay in the dark one pictured, while 2 hens lay in the one not pictured below. These 10 hens each have their favorite box and always lay in the same box every day.

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  5. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husvand put the new nest boxes on the wall across from the old boxes. This morning there were three eggs in one of the new boxes. Happy chickens, no more waiting in line.
     
  6. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had stacked nest boxes and our hens would not use the top ones so DH built 6 and they hang in a row, now I have happy hens [​IMG]
     

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