Nest boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jadell, May 28, 2008.

  1. jadell

    jadell Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just wondering how big I need to build my boxes and how high off the ground they need to be. I have Austrolarps and Black Giants. . .big girls!! Nest boxes that is.
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2008
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    For the big girls I would say no smaller than a square foot, even slightly larger. I have the galvanized nest boxes and they are a square foot for each nest. My lowest nests are about 1 to 2 ft. off the floor. I've noticed the chickens tend to stick to the lower nests but I expect, when I get more layers, the upper row will get more use.
     
  3. lisamarie

    lisamarie Out Of The Brooder

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    I was going to post a similar question. mine ended up being about 18 inches wide but only 9 1/2 feet tall. is that too small? i also have big birds.
    thanks!
     
  4. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

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    Quote:Well if your chickens were of the Jolly Green Giant breed then I guess they will be fine. I think you meant inches. lol Just laughing with you here.

    Dilly
     
  5. lisamarie

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    oops! yes, i meant inches! actually, just figured out a way to make the box a bit bigger so now it's about 14 inches high.

    lisa
     
  6. jadell

    jadell Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Have to say I got a little laugh myself. Thanks for the info. [​IMG] How tall do the boxes need to be?
     
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  7. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will have big birds and we were going to make them 12 x 12 (inches) but now I need to talk to DH about makeing them bigger???
     
  8. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours are 12x12x14, but the Delightful Dozen are only 5.5 weeks old, so we are yet to see!
     
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Nest boxes need to be lower than your roosts or they will sleep in the nest boxes and poop them up, then you get poopy eggs! [​IMG]
     
  10. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    POOPY EGGS! Oh no...I think I better lower mine..they are about the same height as the lowest roost! I don't want poopy eggs!
     

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