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How much higher should roost be than nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by They Call Me Pete, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. They Call Me Pete

    They Call Me Pete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my boxes about 20" off floor and roost are about 16" higher. Is that enough distances between them ? I guess if they start roost in the boxes I can always put a roof on the boxes at a 45 degree angle to stop roosting. Also I read you should put a perch for chickens to rest before they enter the boxes to keep them from pooping in boxes. Anyone do this ??
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    16" should be fine. And worst comes to worst you could always raise one or lower the other [​IMG]

    I don't have a bar in front of the nestboxes 'to poop from', but have the top of a low ladder there just to help chunky hens get up and into the boxes without lotsa flailing around [​IMG]

    have fun,

    Pat
     
  3. Automatic coop door

    Automatic coop door New Egg

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    My nesting boxes are about 24" lower than my roosts and I still have my OE bantams trying to roost in them.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    is it possible they're going in there for warmth?

    Pat
     
  5. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will make sure that the roost always on the other side of the boxes, because if you put it on top of the boxes it will not surve the purpose.

    Omran
     
  6. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
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    My 6 week old peeps just moved into the new hen house this past weekend - the roosts are on the opposite side from the nest boxes and about 18" higher than the nest boxes. The first two nights it got down to about 50 degrees (see photo below). Last night it got down to 30 and when I checked on them they were all piled into a nest box for warmth. I put a heat lamp out there - will be in the 20s tonight. (psycho Oklahoma weather, donchya know).
    [​IMG]
     
  7. They Call Me Pete

    They Call Me Pete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop is long and narrow. Think of an L and my boxes are on the short part of the L and roosts are on the long. I guess I'll just wait and see what happens.
     
  8. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Our nest boxes are on the ground, singly or stacked. Although we have one group of Spitz who only laid in the top of their feeder. Never pooped in there, either. LOL
    We do have one Tolbunt rooster who started going into the nest box during a rare winter freeze and ever since we have had to take him out of the nest box almost nightly. Only rarely would he get up on the roost on his own. Grrrrr. Most birds learn after a few nights of being taken out of the box and put on the roost, but he is either stuborn or stupid. Hmmmm. [​IMG]
     
  9. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Citycluck, you have a very beautiful Flock and a nice coop.

    Omran
     

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