External Nest Boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by twoacrefarm, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. twoacrefarm

    twoacrefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year when we started our chicken adventure, I said 12 was enough and all i'd ever need... HA! We had an existing double camper "car port" on our property and decided to work with that for our chicken area(it is 40 feet long by 20 feet wide). We fenced in the whole carport as a run, then added an 8ft x 8ft chicken coop on the inside. Now that we are adding an additional 16 chickens (total 28), we are wanting to add some more nest boxes, but we don't want to put them on the inside. We have a five box setup in the coop now, and looking back, we should have built it so they go enter from the inside, but the box be out.

    My question is this... is there a reason why one couldn't put the nest boxes on the outside of the coop?
     
  2. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Putting the nest boxes on the outside of my coop was one of the best things I did. It is so much easier to be able to walk up and collect them without having to walk in the coop and bent under there roosts to get to some of the nests. I made the lid to the nest boxes heavy to make sure no predators like a raccoon would be able to open the lid.
     
  3. twoacrefarm

    twoacrefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh good! That makes me happy knowing it works! I was concerned about it not being an "out of sight out of mind" location, and maybe some chickens eating the eggs. We haven't had any problems with them doing it inside the coop, unless an egg got rolled out (which was my fault bc I put too much straw in the box). d
     

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