Nest idea, leave long or divide?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dyran, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. Dyran

    Dyran New Egg

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    This is the first time I have posted here. I would like to thank everyone for all that you do on this site. I have learned a lot and continue to learn daily.

    I am currently building my chicken coop and am nearing completion. I am about to build my nests and install them. They will be external to keep more floor room inside. My question is this, the material I am using will cause my nest box to be 3' long. Should I divide the nests into 18" nest or should I leave it a full 3' long? Also I am stacking nests 2 high, how high should the first box be off the ground?

    Thank you all.
     
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to our flock! [​IMG] I have two 6ft rows of nest boxes. One at 3 ft the other at 4.5 ft. They were originally left long but the hens did not like it. They fought over prime real-estate and broke eggs. I divided the two rows into 3 boxes each with 8 inch dividers. They like their own space and privacy. Some boxes are used by many and one is not used often but it all works well. [​IMG]
    Actually, you can kinda see it in my avitar
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2015
  3. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    I recommend dividing them. They seem to like a smaller area to snuggle into. I don't know if it's for privacy [​IMG] or a natural instinct to try to hide the eggs from predators, but they do like a nice small but comfy place to lay
     
  4. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When the egg starts to push, mama will lay wherever she is. But given free choice, snuggy nest wins. Experimented with both.
     

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