Nesting Box higher than Roost

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gpac, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. gpac

    gpac Out Of The Brooder

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    I read somewhere that the nesting box should be lower than the roost. I built my nesting box a few inches higher than the roost and my hens seem to have no problem with that. What is the reasoning in that and should I build my future boxes lower? 3 Buff Orpingtons/2 Red Stars/2Black Stars/4Black Sex Links:rolleyes:
     
  2. Rooster Cogburn

    Rooster Cogburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think as a rule chickens like to sleep where they feel the safest and that means as high as possible. So if you don't want them sleeping in the nesting boxes, put them lower than the roost, (as a rule).[​IMG]
     
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  3. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they'll want to roost at the highest point, and you don't want them to start sleeping in the nest boxes.[​IMG]
     
  4. gpac

    gpac Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok that makes a lot of sense because they sometimes sleep in the nesting box. I guess other than the occasional poop in there it hasn't been a big problem so far since they are out in the yard all day free ranging. I guess my next boxes will be built lower. Thanks guys I knew you would have the answer. Aloha From Maui!
     
  5. aussieheelr

    aussieheelr Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] by the way! And yes as stated above, the only reason is because of the sleeping thing and since they poop in their sleep it can get messy. The cleaner the nest box the cleaner the egg is all.
     
  6. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello-

    I had one hen in particular who liked to sleep (and poop) in the nesting boxes. When I got my nice 8x12 coop, my setup was different and I put the nesting boxes on the floor against the back wall, now, no more poop! It's really nice not to have to collect eggs with poop all over them.
     
  7. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

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    Welcome to BYC from Nevada gpac! [​IMG]
     

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