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Nesting box, how high from the ground?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Woodlit, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Woodlit

    Woodlit In the Brooder

    Jan 4, 2009
    Kunkletown, PA
    I'm constructing my first coop now, but ran into a problem. I've searched these forums for nesting box questions, but must have missed this one.
    How high can I make the nesting boxes from the ground? I mean, how high can chickens jump, and how high is too high and they will need some sort of ramp.
    I'm using an old shed for a coop, and it has your standard 8 foot ceiling height. I wanted to put all the nesting boxes on one wall, so the chickens would still have plenty of room to roam around inside.
    Ramps, stairs, or perches wouldn't be a problem, I just don't know how far apart to make them.
    This is my first coop, and will be my first backyard flock of chickens, so any thoughts would help tons :) Thank you!
  2. william9792

    william9792 Songster

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    i have mine about 18 inchs off the floor, and have a box that they like to get on that is three feet to the top of it. but i have RIR's so hope that helps. william
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    My next boxes are about 2.5 feet off of the floor. It's an easy jump for most hens. No need for ramps. I also like having a door with access to the next boxes from the outside so that I don't have to walk into the coop and get my feet poopy.
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I think anywhere between 12" + 24" with 18" being the norm, yes your chickens will be able to get into them, I have a little perch running the length of the boxes on mine. They jump from one to the other looking for the right spot.

    here is my set up;

    I hope this helps
  5. Kitchenella

    Kitchenella In the Brooder

    Oct 11, 2008
    Beitar Illit, Israel
    I have a small coop and only 3 hens at the present time. Before my hens were laying I stuck a cardboard box in the corner of the coop intending to put it up on a platform later. I never got it put up and two of the mature hens are laying regularly in the box on the floor. I did stick another box with low sides and no top on the top of that box in case it got to crowded but so far no one seems to lay up there.

  6. Woodlit

    Woodlit In the Brooder

    Jan 4, 2009
    Kunkletown, PA
    Quote:RIR's? I'm guessing that stands for rhode island red? I haven't learned much about differents types of chickens, but I was looking at leghorns. Will they be able to jump as high?
    The way you said that makes me think that particular chicken is a good jumper.
  7. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I would go higher than 2 feet if you don't have to.
  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing 9 Years

    Oct 16, 2008
    I made mine high enough so that I did not have to get on my knees to collect eggs.. we had chickens fly to the top of the haymow to lay eggs . (20 30 feet?) depends on how ambitious your hens are.. I would say anywhere up to 4 feet..
  9. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I think the real key is to make them accessible and definitely lower than the roosts.
  10. Woodlit

    Woodlit In the Brooder

    Jan 4, 2009
    Kunkletown, PA
    Quote:Just to be sure because I am that new, roosts are just high places for the chickens to hang out right? I'm still undecided on using either large dowells or actual shelves for them to stand on. Either will do?
    Thank you everybody :)

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