Help needed with new coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by HannahRoberts, May 11, 2010.

  1. HannahRoberts

    HannahRoberts New Egg

    May 11, 2010
    hi, i have an ark coop with attached run (toblerone shape).
    however in the actual coop part, there is no perches or nesting boxes.
    i am happy to make some, but if anyone has any plans for this that would be really helpful!!
    they are my first chickens and would like them to be comfy.

    at the moment i have just straw on the floor for them, i have been told this is wrong.
    once i have my nest boxes with some straw in, do i still need to put some on the floor as well?
  2. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Greenford, Ohio
    You can use a tree limb or even a 2x4 for a roost. If you have a window in your coop this is a great place for it.

    If you do a search on here you can find a ton of ideas for nesting boxes, I built mine out of scrap OSB that we built the coop with. I've seen people use old drawers, baskets, boxes, milk crates, just to name a few.

    There's nothing wrong with straw on the floor. I prefer to use straw or hay on the floor, cheaper and easier to clean then wood chips.

    What is your floor made out of?
  3. rebecky1305

    rebecky1305 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    Lansing, MI
    You don't need to make nest boxes. You can use new cat litter pans, milk crates, dish pans, whatever. Put straw in them, and they will use them.
  4. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    I use a 5 gallon bucket for a nest and a 3.5' flat board (1x3") for a roost. All seem to love it!

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