Nesting Box Setup

RubiconChicken

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Question about nesting boxes - I am using milk crates which I cut a side off of. I am going to stack them and have a total of 8 boxes (4x2). For my top level, do I need to have some sort of cover of the boxes, or can they stay open?
 

henless

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Try it and see. You can always change it up later.

Right now I'm using the large plastic dish pans for my nests. I have 3 of them placed side by side on a piece of plywood. I have 2x4's around the pans to keep them stable. No top, but it is up off the ground. I was worried it would be too open for them, but they seem to like them.

I'm in the process of remodeling my coop, so needed something quick, easy and not so hot for them to lay in.
 

aart

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For my top level, do I need to have some sort of cover of the boxes, or can they stay open?

Try it and see. You can always change it up later.
Good advice there^^^

Tho if you add a top you may also need to add a perch to jump onto before entering the nest...milk crate are pretty short.

Will the bottom row be on the ground?
 

henless

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Again?! :D
Got build thread going?

Yes! Again!! :plbb

No thread going yet. Right now it's too freakin hot to build in Texas. This Fall or after the first of the year I'll start. Right now they are in my 10x20 run/coop. We've torn down the 20x20 run. Even using treated lumber the termits/ants have just about destroyed the wood.
 

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