How TALL should the nesting box be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chuckzoo, May 18, 2009.

  1. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting ready to make a nesting box for my two BRs. I was thinking of making it 12"X 14", but how high does it need to be inside? I need to slope the roof.

    This is going to be an exterior nesting box. I am going to use this opportunity to add some sq footage to their coop and run to.

    Thanks!
     
  2. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most slope from 12" in the front to 17-18" in the back.

    EDIT: Since your doing exterior, it'd be reversed.. 17" or so at the front sloping to 12" or so in the back. [​IMG]
     
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  3. lux_interior

    lux_interior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 12'' x 12''.... they also slope, but they were built flat on the top, and then the slope was added.. if you get what I'm saying. So they are 12 '' tall [​IMG]
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  4. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
    I am planning to extend the coop and the run section under it while I am doing the nesting box. The piece that I am adding on will be the 3' wide (the width of the coop) by the 14". I will cordon off a 12" section for the nesting box. I planned to make it about 24" tall sloping down to about 18". Will this be too tall?
    Since it gets hot in the summer here (Alabama) I was thinking the extra height would alow for more air flow.
     
  5. lux_interior

    lux_interior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it may be ok at that hight, but I know that chickens need a very secure place to nest, they need to feel snug and comfy.. i think that's why they are usually only about a foot high.
     
  6. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK - I could add a piece of dark colored shade net as a 'false' roof hopefully it would achieve the secure feeling without making it too hot?
     
  7. chickens3

    chickens3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a good nesting box i got a tote, with some saw dust in it for my chickens to go into. They dont lay eggs yet but there getting big.
     

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