How low to the floor is practical for nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gale65, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you have yours low, are they right on the floor? Or if not, how many inches so that it's not too hard to clean underneath? I don't want to make them too tall because the roosts aren't going to be all that high.
  2. CrackyMcZap

    CrackyMcZap Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 25, 2010
    Eugene, OR
    I have mine right on the floor and they use them no problem.
  3. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    Mine are on the floor also with a 3" lip on them to keep in the nesting material. No problems.
  4. spotstealer

    spotstealer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Poynette, WI
    Quote:Mine also. They are also external with opening to the coop to save floor space.
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Unless you're mounting them high enough for the chickens to walk under or high enough for a feeder or waterer to sit under (in other words, high enough to conserve floor space), then I'd sit them right on the floor, as others have suggested. Just make sure they have a lip to prevent bedding from being pulled/spilled out.
  6. Renthorin

    Renthorin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    Dexter Michigan
    Floor space in my coop is less than I wish I had planned for. Still enough for the birds to meet the 4 feet per bird rule but I didn't want to take away from that with the nest boxes.

    I put mine about 16 inches off the ground and judging by the raptor tracks, they enjoy stomping around under the boxes. They haven't begun laying yet but I'm going to add a 1x1 a few inches in front of the lip on the nest boxs so they have something to flap up to.
  7. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks everyone. The coop will have 4 sq feet per bird so this being on the floor would take up a little bit of the room but I am thinking 2.5 sq feet or so lost shouldn't be a problem. We're doing 4 boxes stacked so if we put them high enough for them to walk underneath, the top ones would be pretty high.
  8. reksat

    reksat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2011
    Mine ,18 " off the floor, mainly to conserve floor space.

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