Nesting box inside vs outside coop

ozzyman778

In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 11, 2013
29
2
26
UK
I have bee. Having issues with my birds not laying in the nest boxes but instead the floor.

After some suggestions from board members I thought the boxes may look more inviting and secure if located outside the coop.

Before:
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Notice how up high and next to the roof vent they are?
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After:
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We'll see if it helps with eggs but I feel the lower roosts away from vents and the added floor space was worth it...

Anyone wanting to know how I did it. I literally hacked a hole in my shed screwed in legs measured to height for the nest boxes. I cut the slant into the box with my circular saw. The roof is left over clear curogated roofing. The opening was framed into the shed and the boxes were secured to shed side with screws. I then used scrap wood to cover any gaps and sealed everything with roof and gutter sealant. All in all it is very "Mickey moused" and everything was cut to measure. Just kind of winged it, too about 2 Hours total
 

jetdog

Songster
6 Years
Jun 18, 2013
1,282
152
148
Massachusetts
You might want to try adding a board in front of the top boxes so they can hop up and get in easier, I would try putting a golf ball in each box it worked for mine, they were very curious about the balls and would go into the boxes to look around must have worked they lay in them every day.
 

ozzyman778

In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 11, 2013
29
2
26
UK
Thanks I will add a perch board in front of the upper boxes. I tried putting fake eggs in the boxes but it didn't seem to interest them.
 

my sunwolf

Songster
7 Years
Apr 22, 2012
2,236
165
208
Southwest Virginia
My Coop
My Coop
My chickens will not lay in anything but straw or hay (not even shavings), so if you're just using nest pads it may take them a while to get the hang of it. That being said, I love your new setup, much roomier! Though if I tried that, mine would find rafters in a nearby barn to roost in
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they all insist on being at least 6ft in the air.
 

ozzyman778

In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 11, 2013
29
2
26
UK
I thought about adding hay to the boxes but it often prevents the eggs from rolling out the back. Maybe I could use hay or straw till they get used to it thanks
 

Hokum Coco

Crowing
8 Years
Dec 6, 2012
4,274
3,644
477
New Brunswick,Canada


I fold a empty feed bag to line my nest. My nest boxes are just empty milk cases deminsion 1ft³ with a board zip tied to the front.I also have milk crates for storage above them. When a feed bag gets soiled fold a clean one pop out the soiled and pop in the new. Easy Peasy.
 

MANNA-PRO

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