egg boxes on my new coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by woodville chickens, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. woodville chickens

    woodville chickens New Egg

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    I am about to start constructing our first chicken coop! The construction is not a problem as i am a multi skilled tradesman, i have just one question. On all the plans ive seen for coops, all the egg boxes are quite high up the side(or front/back) of the coop, and there seems to be no steps for access to the nest boxes. Is it necessary for the egg boxes to be high up, or could they be at a lower level??
    This is our first attempt at keeping chickens, i have been around the birds before on a friends farm so know how to handle them properly etc..., this is the only thing i am concerned about.
    We would be grateful for any help, and soon enough will be uploading a picture of our coop(complete with birds).

    Thanks guys,
    The Woodville chickens
     
  2. Chick Norris

    Chick Norris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours are at floor level. They lay in them just fine.
     
  3. woodville chickens

    woodville chickens New Egg

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    Thanks! Let the build commence [​IMG]
     
  4. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ours are right near the floor. The only height we put on them is so that the bedding wouldn't go into the nest boxes.
     
  5. ErinG

    ErinG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have ours up higher, it makes collection convenient and keeps the chickens from walking on the eggs - they are in an area they only go to if they are laying.
     
  6. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest 3 things to consider:

    1. Chickens like to roost at highest point in the coop. The nests should be lower than the roosts, so the birds wont sleep in and consequently poop in the nests.

    2. Older and heavier breed may have a tough time access nest that is too high.

    3. Access to retrieve eggs and clean.

    My nests are 18" AFF. I use the room below to hang feeder and waterer.

    I also have a perch in front of the nests for easier of access for the birds.
     
  7. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    As the poster before said-- it's best to keep in mind that chickens roost on whatever is higher. Your nests should be lower than your roosts. I kept my nest boxes low to the ground-- but I kept in mind the fact that I am using the deep litter method and that the floor will be filled with 6 inches (or more) of chips and the nests did need to be higher than that. Here is what I did. Easy to access from the outside, too. I also made my boxes on the larger side-- so that my bigger breeds would find it very roomy and comfortable.

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  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    I have a small coop and my nest boxes are only a few inches off the floor and everybody makes it into the boxes. Go for it!
     

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