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Nest Box questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CarolynF, May 11, 2011.

  1. CarolynF

    CarolynF Songster

    May 11, 2011
    Puget Sound
    My Coop
    We're building a coup that's quite small, about 10 sq. ft. and only 3 ft. of interior height. I know the perch should be about 16 - 18 inches above the floor and should also be noticeably higher than the nest box, which brings me to this question.... Must I actually use an enclosed box for the nest, or can it just be something like a pan with no lid? If it must be a lidded box can it be rather short like 12"? Or, if I make it taller with a slanted lid would that be acceptable, say 16" at the back and 12" in the front? Whatever I end up with, it will be sitting on the floor. Thanks for your help!
    Last edited: May 11, 2011

  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    They prefer an enclosed box but no bigger than your coop is most anything will work as long as it holds some nesting material

    Something like a milk crate would be perfect

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