Nest box questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Englewood, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Englewood

    Englewood Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 hens and know nothing about building nest boxes. How many, how big, what materials, how high off the ground? I am looking for something that is very easy to construct. Let me know what you think!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Check through this thread for examples and ideas. They can be as simple or complex as you want to make them.

    Nesting Boxes
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=41108

    On the how many, I suggest two as a minimum. Three won't hurt, but two should be enough. You'll find that they will mostly use one anyway, but an extra gives you a bit of flexibility in managing them. Say if one goes broody, there is still an extra nest available.

    How high off the ground does not really matter that much to the chickens. I suggest make it convenient for you.

    One concern is that the roost needs to be higher than the nest boxes so they want to roost on the roosts instead of in the nests. Most chickens instinctively want to roost on the highest spot available. You do not want them pooping in the nests at night.
     
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nest boxes can be as elaberate as you like, A milk crate tossed on the floor with some straw makes a wonderful nest. Suggest a miniumu of 2 boxes and plan about 1 nest per 5-6 birds

    Another one is stackable recycling bins.

    Remember, aside from the poop tray, nests are the messiest item to clean in the coop. The more mobile and smooth surfaced, the easier to clean out
     

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