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How high should I put my nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ozzchicken, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. ozzchicken

    ozzchicken Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2011
    How high should I put my nesting boxes?
  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    what kind of chicken, a silkie or a cochin will need a lower box then a leghorn or langshan. average is 18 to 24 inches, but it needs to be lower than your roosts, it helps discourage your chickens from sleeping in and on the nest boxes, but you will always get a hen who wants the nest box not the roosts
  3. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    We have ours anywhere from 12" from the floor up to around 3' from the ground. The main thing is to make them lower than your roosts or the chickens will be trying to roost on and sleep in the nest boxes.
    You can see pictures of some of ours in the links in my sig below.
    Good luck!
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2011
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    You can also use covered cat litter pans just set on the floor of the coop.
  5. ozzchicken

    ozzchicken Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2011
    Thank you all for the replies!!!![​IMG]
  6. chickens friend

    chickens friend Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2009
    Southwest virginia
    Around 2 foot off the ground.
  7. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine prefer a ground level nest box. It has two solid walls and two half walls. One of the half walls has an upper panel that I use to get the eggs.

    This whole thing will go away when I build a roll-away nest box. Then I can let my egg-eating chicken out of chicken jail.

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