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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mvinotime, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. mvinotime

    mvinotime In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2011
    Hello. I just joined as I am obtaining a rooster and some chickens from a local rescue and am in the process of building a coop. I am new to chickens and have a question concerning the small door at ramp for the chickens to come into the coop.....is it best to have the nesting boxes on the opposite wall or a side wall in relation to where the entance door is? Just wondering as far as wind in the winter etc. I know I have many more questions but will start with this one [​IMG] Thank you for any help. *as a side note my coop is elevated and is 4x3 with exterior boxes for one rooster and 2-3 hens. It is part of a 8x4 run. Tips and advice greatly appreciated!

  2. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Songster

    Oct 13, 2010
    Hi and Welcome!!

    Waving from SoCal at you here.

    It would help if you mentioned what your average summer and winter temps can be, big difference from LA to Lee Vining to Death Valley to Mt Shasta and all in CA
  3. OneTenthAcreAndAChicken

    OneTenthAcreAndAChicken In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2011
    San Diego
    I'll be interested to read the other responses you get. Here in San Diego, I'm not too worried about the cold. I put the nest boxes on the opposite wall from the pop door, but not directly across - kinda kitty corner.


    Here you can see my assistant testing that the door actually slides up and down [​IMG] You can see some more pictures of the coop on my BYC page if you're interested...

    Welcome [​IMG]
  4. hensofhallora

    hensofhallora In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2011
    if you have an airy well lit coop i would put the laying boxes in the darkest place..... usually facing away from the rising sun.
  5. mvinotime

    mvinotime In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2011
    Thank you for the welcome and the replies! [​IMG] I'm in northern CA so we dont get horribly cold here but we do get down to freezing a few times during the winter ansd our summer temps do get hot into the 100's. The photo is very helpful. That seems like a great idea and I have showed my hubby [​IMG] Since my coop is enclosed into the run which will be locked at night I didnt intend to have a door on the entrance to the coop???? Should I rethink this?
  6. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    just remember that as a predator they can be tricky. Make sure they can not dig in bu lining the base with wire too.

  7. frostbite

    frostbite Songster

    Sep 27, 2011
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    I put my nest boxes along the short wall above where the chicken door is, 2 feet above the floor level, give or take several inches depending on the level of the litter. Then I insulated the floor of the nest boxes so that they have a little arctic entryway. Cold in these parts...

  8. Chickiemom25

    Chickiemom25 Songster

    May 13, 2011
    North Alabama
    my nest boxes are directly behind the door. they are built so the center box is exposed but the 2 side boxes are kinda sheltered by the openning to them, sort of one entrance that accesses the 3 boxes. So far they are only using one of the side boxes. We are a little more temperate in climate in Orange County though.
  9. OneTenthAcreAndAChicken

    OneTenthAcreAndAChicken In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2011
    San Diego
    Quote:Maybe... I used the door consistently at the beginning. Being a newbie I was really concerned about predators. But then I was reminded by my family that I had built Fort Knox and it really wouldn't be a problem. We were planning a vacation and I only wanted the pet sitter to have to come once a day, so I started leaving the door open all the time.

    That worked fine for several months, but then, one night - late, of course, they started squawking like crazy. I went out to check on them and it seems that since 2 were in the coop and 2 were in the run, they were just screaming for each other. I put the outside 2 inside and shut the door. They calmed down quickly and we all went back to sleep.

    Since then I've read that they'll get out of the habit of going inside to roost, so now I go down every night and shut them in. The noise was really the only issue. And it is an issue for us because we've got tons of neighbors nearby and I don't want to stir up any problems.

    That's the long story of why I say maybe. They'll probably be safe from predators if the coop is well constructed, but you may have noisy nights if you can't close 'em in which is only a problem if you have neighbors or actually want to sleep through the night. [​IMG]
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Nest boxes, ideally, should be placed in the dimmest area of the coop. Definitely where sunlight does not shine into them any time of day. (Some ladies lay their eggs fashionably late in the afternoon. Laying eggs is a private affair and light shining into a nest box would be far too public for the dainty, feathered divas. Of course, having just laid an egg, the most perfect egg ever laid by any hen, anywhere, one must announce it to the rest of the flock.)

    Regarding the pop door and closing it at night or not... well, it's added protection against sneaky, resourceful predators. And against cold air blowing into the coop. And don't you just feel better with YOUR front door closed at night?
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2011

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