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How high should the nesting box and roost be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Lucy4, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey,

    At present, my nesting box is on the floor of the coop, but I'm noticing from pics on byc that most have theirs raised. How high should it be?

    Also, I think we need to raise our roost... how high should that be?

    Thanks for any input. My pullets are about 3 months old.
     
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I do not think there is a set height for the nest box or roost. Just make sure the roost is higher than the nest box or they will roost in the nest box.

    Also, if you have heavy birds, don't make them too high.
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    my chickens prefer the floor. I hung some boxes and they wouldn't use them
     
  4. 1birdlady

    1birdlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My very chicken savvy friend said that heavy birds, such as (BR's), should not have roosts higher than about 18-20", because if they are about to lay they could break an internal egg from jumping from a high roost....just another FYI.

    Am new to these domestic birds, so dunno? [​IMG]
     
  5. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is maybe about 2.5 feet to 3ft off the ground, i have standard hens who have no problems with it... also my roost is just a bit lower than my nest boxes and all hens roost on the upper two roosts (i have a leaning roost) and one sleeps in the window sill lol.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    As you can see from the responses, different people use different methods and they work fine. There is no hard and fast rule. The general recommendation is to raise the nests 18" to 24". This is mainly to help keep the nests cleaner but also to keep you from bending as far to gather the eggs. Also, in a tight coop, if they are up this far, the chickens can still get under the nesting boxes, so it gives them a little more room. They are mainly ground birds so additional coop space up high really doesn't help much.

    The roosts should be "clearly" higher than the nesting boxes. Chickens normally like to roost at the highest point they can get to. Not always, but normally. You don't want them roosting in the nesting boxes as they poop a lit when sleeping and you get dirty eggs. I'd recommend blocking off the nesting boxes until they are ready to lay so they don't get in the habit of going in there on their time off. It will help teach them to roost on the roosts also.

    Good luck!
     
  7. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is all very helpful info. Thanks, folks!!
     

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