Location of nest box

AimsChickies

Songster
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Sep 8, 2008
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I am installing my nest boxes today, i'm just wondering if they can sit on the floor or should be elevated to a certain height?
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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I know some people leave theirs on the floor, but I wanted mine off the floor to make shoveling out their coop easier. If you attach them to the wall just make sure they are lower than your lowest roost. A chicken likes to roost as high as possible and you want them to choose a roost at night, not your nest boxes.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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Quote:One inch off the floor or one foot? I have large hens as well. My nest boxes are one foot off the ground, my roosts start at 18" off the ground and they still go to the higher ones.
 

Chirpy

Balderdash
12 Years
May 24, 2007
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I was told 1" off the floor with an attached perch in front

I think she means 1' (1 foot) off the floor not 1" (1 inch) off the floor. I'm not sure how you can easily sweep under 1 inch.

Anyway, she's right about the heavier breeds. I would suggest going with a lower nest box for them. And having a perch in front of them is a great idea to help the hens getting into and out of the boxes.

Some people have theirs on the floor and some people put them up higher. It basically depends on what works for your coop and if you want to lean over to pick up eggs.

I have heavy breeds and two rows of nest boxes (one on top of the other). The top row is about 2 ft. off the ground and the bottom row is about 12 inches off the ground. Most of my girls chose to use the top row.​
 

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