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Food in unused roosting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JenniferCNY, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. JenniferCNY

    JenniferCNY Chirping

    Aug 28, 2016
    I have a 4x8 coop with two sets of nesting boxes (3 boxes each) bumped out on each of the 4 foot sides. They only lay in one set of boxes. I'm getting their coop ready for winter and was wondering if I could move their food to one of the unused nesting boxes. It would free up floor space for them if they end up staying in the coop more rather than their run. But it would limit how many could eat at the same time.

    Does anyone have any thoughts about this potential setup?

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I think it would be feasible as your coop is only 4 x 8 so I assume you have less than a dozen hens...the other 3 next boxes are not necessary. I know in bitter cold or snow storms I feed mine inside the coop. Good luck to you!
  3. JenniferCNY

    JenniferCNY Chirping

    Aug 28, 2016
    They've been laying since August. Never in the nesting boxes on the side I plan to repurpose for their new feeding area this afternoon.
    They laid 3 eggs there this morning.
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  4. hollyk

    hollyk Songster

    Nov 21, 2008
    Canton, Texas
    Chickens! I think the idea would work, so long as the don't lay in the feed!

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