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do i need nest boxes and perches in my chicken house?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by backyardchickenfarmer, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. hello, im making a chicken tractor and all im doing is a simple run with a house of the side, my question is do i need nest boxes and perches in the house?Thanks

  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    You dont have to have nest boxes and roosts in the house. But if its big enough Id at least have a roost in it. [​IMG]
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you don't have nest boxes all your eggs will be on the pooey muddy ground, also it may be hard to train the chickens to use a nestbox later on if you get tired of pooey muddy eggs.

    Chickens naturally want to roost. They would be much happier if you enable them to do it. Also it keeps their feet off the cold muddy pooey ground, and their feathers out of their poo. (You are giving them some sort of semi-indoors out-of-the-rain-and-wind shelter, too, yes?)

    Really, it is DEAD EASY to make a roost, and for a nestbox you can even just chuck a plastic rubbermaid container or milkcrate or etc in there. I can't see why there would be any point in depriving your chickens of a roost or making your life harder by foregoing a nestbox [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,


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