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Is 3 ft too high??? (nest box)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cjeanean, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    Does anyone know if three feet is too high for the nest box???
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I think so. Mine are about 18 inches off the floor.
     
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    I think 3 feet high is a good height for roosts, not nest boxes. Our nest boxes vary from 1 foot off the ground to 20 inches.
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2008
  4. sussexgal

    sussexgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Depends on your chickens and also whether you are hoping to have the hen hatch a clutch or you're just gathering up the eggs. Gathering eggs and your hens can fly that high? Tis okay. Lettin Mama hatch a clutch, the box needs to be waaaay lower. [​IMG]
     
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    ~ if you do have a nest box that high, and really plump heavy breed hens, you might want to provide a "mid-way perch" so they don't stress their legs or damage their feet on landing.
     
  6. utahmethodist

    utahmethodist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SLC, UT
    My full-sized Buff Orp and Australorp have no problem jumping up a series of perches to get to their nest four feet off the ground.
     

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