1. patti17340

    patti17340 In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2013
    Littlestown, Pa
    I am setting up a new coop in an old shed we have. I just purchase a nest box with 6 sections 3 on a top 3 on the bottom. My question is how high should it be hung the wall. Also how high should I make my roost . I really want to do this right the first time .
  2. Gatsbysmum

    Gatsbysmum Chirping

    Jul 27, 2014
    Depends on how big your chickens are. A foot to a foot and a half off the ground is good, although hens aren't picky, and some people actually prefer having the boxes directly on the floor.
  3. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Songster

    Jul 4, 2014
    Just make sure your roost is higher than your nesting boxes. Chickens will look for the highest place they can get to to roost so keeping it higher than the nests will discourage them from sleeping in the nests. They poo A LOT when they sleep and no one wants that in their nests. As far as how high to put your nests...it's your preference but take into consideration that heavier breeds and those who can't fly may have a harder time getting up to the boxes so maybe keeping it fairly low to the floor would be good for those who do have a little trouble getting up higher on their own while still offering those who can manage just fine to choose whichever height they like best.
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    SIX nesting boxes? How many hens do you have? You may find that you really only need that first layer of 3 boxes, which would be plenty for up to 6-7 hens...just thinkin'
  5. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2014
  6. patti17340

    patti17340 In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2013
    Littlestown, Pa
    Thanks for the advise. I am going with 2 ft off the floor so I have room to clean . My roost is on another wall and I am going to use a 5 ft ladder type there will be a rung at 5ft, and one a 3 1/2 ft. It is 5 ft wide. I have 18 chickens so that should give them enough space.
  7. ECBW

    ECBW Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    I would suggest min 18 in so there is enough headroom below for chickens. With the double tier nests, the roost is going to be pretty high.

    I agree with other posters that not all 6 nests will be used.

    My question is, you have total of 10 ft of roost, has that been enough for 18 birds? I don't exactly subscribe to the conventional notion of 1ft per bird, so I am curious how your ratio is working.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2014
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Two feet should work OK. The way I do it is to look at the height of the floor with bedding, set the nests, then put the roosts noticeably higher than the nests but as low as reasonable. The higher you have the roosts the more clear room on the floor they need to hop down. And they spread their wings when they jump/fly up. The higher you have them the more clear space they need to get up and down. I don’t know how big your coop is, but 12” is usually noticeable.

    One problem crowding them on the roosts is that if they are too crowded or if you wind up with a bully in the roosts some might go looking for a safer or better place to roost. That is often the nests. Five feet is not nearly enough roost room for 18 hens. They will all want to roost on the top one but the ones higher in the pecking order will get the top roosts. For 18 hens I’d want at least 12 feet of roost length with more being better. And all that needs to be higher than the highest nest though it does not necessarily have to all be the same height.
  9. Papas Chickens

    Papas Chickens Songster

    Jul 13, 2014
    Dateland Arizona
    I have 40 hens how many nest boxes would i need, there not old enough yet to lay but would like to be prepaired. I also have 5 Guinea Keets what would i need for them when they get to laying age? [​IMG]
  10. Irishhenman

    Irishhenman Songster

    Jul 2, 2013

    8-9 should be fine, can't help with the guineas though.

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