Nestboxes for silkies?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Myfriendconnie, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Myfriendconnie

    Myfriendconnie New Egg

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    We're planning on getting 20 chickens and converting a shed into a coop for them. 5 of the chickens will be silkies, and since I know they can't fly, that brings up and interesting problem.

    What do you do about nestboxes?

    How do the silkies get to them? I originally had an idea to put pieces of old ladders going up to the nestboxes and they could use them for roosting as well as climbing, but then I learned that most of the poop is in the roost area, so that's not a good idea. Do you just put the nestboxes really low to the ground? Or do you provide some way for them to climb to the nestboxes? If so, what is it and how do you keep them from roosting there?
     
  2. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    You will probably need to put at least one nesting box on the floor of the coop.
     
  3. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkies fly up to the roost and back down. My silkies fly up about 2 - 2 1/2 ft.

    I have a kitty litter box with a lid on it sitting on the floor of the coop for those that want to have more privacy. I get 3-4 eggs daily in it.
     
  4. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    My silkies don't even like to hop up the 6 inches to get into their coop from their turnout paddock. I'm going to spoil them and build a small ramp on all the coops.
     
  5. kitkatnoah

    kitkatnoah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have wooden crate boxes on the ground for my silkies, they refused to jump or climb onto the nesting boxes (my girls are stubborn)[​IMG]
     

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