nest box opening size? Is 8 1/2" by 10 1/2" okay?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wahmommy, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. wahmommy

    wahmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to have external nest boxes, and I wanted the entrance to them to be arched like in this coop:

    http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/the-coop/flickr/6039162346/

    I don't know how big the openings in this coop are, but I measured my old coop's pop door and it was 8 1/2" by 12 1/2" and the chickens use it fine. I took this photo and enlarged it and it looks like it would be (if I assume the width is 8 1/2") only 10 1/2" tall. Is that tall enough for a nest box opening?
     
  2. chickentooth

    chickentooth Out Of The Brooder

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    The opening is fine as long as when they get inside they have a bit more room 12x12 is considered perfect, but depending on bird size and other factors such as how much bedding is in the bottom. I have 12x12x12 boxes but the opening is only 12x9 and i fill it with bedding so really it ends up about 12x12x9.
     
  3. wahmommy

    wahmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The inside is going to be 11 3/8" wide x 16" deep by 14" tall - does that sound like it would work?
     
  4. wahmommy

    wahmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The lip will be about 4" high to keep bedding in
     

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