How important is it to have exterior access to nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chew593, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Chew593

    Chew593 Songster

    How important is it to have exterior access to the nesting boxes. My coop is big enough to walk into and harvest eggs from the inside. My husband is questioning the necessity of outside access and I've tried to explain broody hens and the poo factor to him. Am I missing anything?

  2. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I don't have exterior access. I walk in my coop everyday. The poo is usually only under their roost which is at the back of the coop so I don't ever have to walk in it.

    Going in the coop gives me the chance to look around and make sure everything is ok in there. No hiding hens, how much food they have. I have their feeder inside and water outside.
  3. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I like having them inside because it gives the birds more opportunity to know me. THey all come running as soon as I open the pen dor:>)
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Its not important. You can just as easily go into the coop to collect eggs.

    Outside access does keep you out of the poo and prevents disturbing the hens. Some people think those things are important.

    For convenience, though, there's nothing like a rollaway nest, which carries the eggs to a central collecting point. I've seen a few on some Aussie sites. Pretty cool.

  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I don't think it's important for most people. If you will sometimes want to collect eggs in fancy clothes/shoes, the poo factor might matter. If you ahve little kids and you're afraid they might let the chickens out or get ambushed by a rooster, then too. Otherwise, enh. Just one more hole for drafts and predators to get in [​IMG]

    One advantage of NOT having exterior access is you get one or two more good solid 'looks' at the chickens per day... more chance to notice problems.

    But really, do what floats your boat. May's well build it the way you like, YOU'RE the one who has to live with it [​IMG]

    (btw - Hey David, hi, where you been?! [​IMG])

  6. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I know - I've been missing Mr. Davaroo...

    I don't have an outside egg door. It's too cold here and I couldn't figure out how to keep the door from becoming a heat vacume. So I just walk in. No big deal, even in high heels. My nest is right by the front door, so technically I could just reach in, but I usually go in and refill food/water and distribute some love/treats while I'm out there.
  7. homestead5er

    homestead5er In the Brooder

    May 16, 2008
    [​IMG] When you have a walk in coop you don't need exterior nest box's. But when you have a small coop like mine you don't have to crawl inside to get your breakfast. [​IMG]

  8. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    I go inside to collect, its big enough to do so. I think if it were small it would make sense to have access outside. They come running when I go in but only to see if they can run past me and get outside before I close the door. I have a broody hen on one side, food on the other, I can check everything out when I go in.
  9. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Near Wilton Iowa
    For me EXTREMELY important. My wife has serious issues with chickens.. .birds in general. There is a zero percent chance I would be able to get her to collect eggs from inside the coop. She can barely contain herself long enough to hold a day old chick. The first time a chicken came up and pecked her she would probably have a heart attack... hmmmmmmmmm maybe I'll put them on the far side of the coop... If nothing else I'll have a GREAT place to hide stuff from her. [​IMG]

  10. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Quote:Can you get a video? I, for one, would love to see that!
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2009

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