Nest box and roost help...

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

  1. TracyLK

    TracyLK Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 10 hens [​IMG] that are about 3 months old. We have temporary roosts set up in their coop, but would like to build them something permanent. We have silkies, bantams, and standards so we need ideas on what to use for the roosts and how high to put them. Also, for nest boxes we were hoping to use 3 boxes that are connected. Is that enough and can we place this on the floor? Thanks in advance [​IMG]
     
  2. MOChickenz

    MOChickenz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built my nest boxes into the wall of the coop, about 3' up. My temporary nest box was 4 pieces of wood nailed into a square, filled with straw and shoved into a corner of the coop. The fight over that one.
     
  3. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we used the lengths of trees that we took down in the making of the chiken run for roost... I have them cris-crossed to that they can hope up from the floor and pick a location... that being said: they all pile in the cross beam above the window. They're packed like sardines and I can only hope that they'll soon be too big to fit and go back to the roost. My hubby is going to make more at the same height so that they can all be on the same level and maybe they won't crowd each other. As for nesting boxes, I've seen many here that are on the floor of the coop. Some people use rubber maid bins or milk crates. Mine are up and out so that I don't have to enter the coop to get the eggs. Hope this helps.
     
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I use a 2x3 for the roost for the big girls. It's about 4 feet off the ground. My silkies sleep in the nestbox but can hop up 2' without problems. My nestboxes are on my BYC page and are stacking plastic storage bins.
     
  5. All About Chicken

    All About Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    We went to a home store and bought stackable storage bins (about 1 foot squire) and screwed them horizontally to two 2x4(top and bottom). Put a little straw and two golf balls and they took to them. We are getting 10 eggs a day with 11 chickens. One still does lay her eggs under the laying boxes as she started before we had them in place.
     
  6. chicachic

    chicachic Out Of The Brooder

    I have 2 nest boxes, 12" square next to each other, the bottoms are 3 feet off the floor, the tops slanted down toward the openings to keep the chickens from sleeping on top of them. My walk-in shed has the box openings inside but my smaller chicken coop thet is only 4 feet high has the boxes on the outside with the chicken openings inside (of course) but the eggs are retreivable from the outside for my convenience. I sometimes have 2 chickens and one duck all sharing one box at the sametime. I also sometimes have a black rat snake using one of the boxes and dining on the egg in there. Any suggestions to make the nest boxes undesirable to the snakes? The coop door is always open so that the chickens and ducks can go in when ever they want.
     

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