nesting box dimension question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenchok, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. chickenchok

    chickenchok Songster

    Sep 6, 2008
    North Carolina
    We're building our nesting boxes and ran into a question... Storey's chicken book says to make the nest 14HX14WX12Deep w/ a 4" sill to prevent eggs or nesting materials from spilling out. Dh asked... "so do we build it so that the opening is 10" high b/c of the 4" sill?" Can our Wyandottes, leghorns, etc. get into that opening? or is it 14" above the 4" sill? That would make the box 18" in the front opening.

    Thanks for any sage advice! [​IMG]
  2. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    My nest boxes are 14 inches tall with a 3 inch board on the front to keep eggs/nesting material from spilling out. So they only have an opening of 11 inch in height. I have heavy breed chickens similar in size to your Wyandottes, and they have no problems getting in and out of the nest boxes.
  3. mudman

    mudman In the Brooder

    Aug 17, 2008
    SE Michigan

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