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How high (nesting boxes)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Razrbckfan, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. Razrbckfan

    Razrbckfan Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2014
    I have a chicken tractor where the nesting boxes are with the same level as the floor. Is there a certain height that they should be at in a regular hen house? Constructing my first hen house. Thank you for the help.
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
  3. Razrbckfan

    Razrbckfan Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2014
    Thank you for the help Coco!
  4. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine are 18" off the floor. I'm 5'2" so this is perfect for me. If you make them very high, add a ladder to make it easier for them to get up on the nest perch. Don't forget to make your roosts higher than your nests. If you don't they will start roosting in your nests giving you poopy eggs.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Really depends on the floor plan size and height of the coop.
    Nests, roosts, pop door, ventilation all have a relationship to one another and should be placed based on other factors.
  6. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2013
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Pic 1 is the door I open to get the eggs w/o going into the coop. Pic 2 is taken from the run door. Pic three shows the coop side of the boxes. The bottom boxes are about 4" off the ground, with a 1x6 lip (to hold the trays/shavings in). The kitty litter trays are 18" x 15" x 5" and work perfectly for my orpingtons and barred rocks...plenty of room for them to get in and move around. They trays are really nice to have because if they mess anything up (broken egg/poop) I can remove the tray, wash it out, refill with shavings, and return...the wood of the nest boxes never gets dirty.

    Bottom line though is you'll need to work with the space you have, which is why EVERYBODY has a different nest box setup!



  7. showinbirds

    showinbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2011
    It is important for them to be off the floor. when nest boxes are left on the floor, the birds are more likely to eat eggs.
  8. Razrbckfan

    Razrbckfan Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2014
    Thank you for all your help!

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