my coop has arrived

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tuppence, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. tuppence

    tuppence New Egg

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    hi, my coop arrived on saturday, we are in the proccess of building it but it has no nest / roosting , we are going to build some, what size should they be?
     
  2. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    really depends on the size of your coop and how many chickens you have- usually one nest box per every 3-4 chickens is good, my nest box is around 18"x18"x18". My roost is 4 ft long and it is a 2x4 laid flat so that the chickens can stand on the wide side of it when they roost- this is especially important in cold climates where they need to keep their toes warm. [​IMG]
     
  3. tuppence

    tuppence New Egg

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    thanks it is`nt that big itcan hold 4 chickens, i thought they needed a nest box each am i mistaken?
     
  4. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:1 box for every 4 to 5 chickens is enough. You can put in more boxes, but you'll probably find that your hens wait in line for the 'best' box -- or they get impatient and all 4 pile in to the same box at the same time and all try and lay!
     
  5. tuppence

    tuppence New Egg

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    thanks again guys i have just clicked on "look" wow! i only want a fw chickens for fresh eggs for baking and eating i could never go for your scale, more `s the pity. one day maybe!!!
     

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