Nest Box question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sbaker, May 22, 2008.

  1. sbaker

    sbaker Out Of The Brooder

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    How high off the ground are u suppose to put nest boxes? Also if you let a hen keep some eggs to hatch how are the babies suppose to get back into the box if the follow her out?
     
  2. stilwellchick

    stilwellchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a broody hen it is best to move her into a space like a dog crate that she can take care of her chicks in and so they won't fall out. Just for laying though, most people put their nest boxes 1-3 feet off the ground. If they are 3 ft off, the need a board to land on in front of the nest. Look at the coop building section and look at the inside pics of coops.
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2008
  3. flip9109

    flip9109 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my coop is not very high, so my nest boxes are in the run 2 of them are 4 ft off the ground and one is about 2ft up. when i let them brood I move them in to a condo i made. (it's 2ft x 3ft x 16in) That way the hen is not bothered by the others and the chicks are safe.
     

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