Nesting box to low?

Dawggy Stile

In the Brooder
9 Years
Oct 7, 2010
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The 4 chickens are over 35 weeks old...they were givin to me a month ago... Is this nesting box to low? I haven't seen an egg yet!
Would it help to build a shelf and raise that box?
I have two box's for 6 chickens and thought of getting rid of one of em.
Thanks!

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EggsForIHOP

Songster
9 Years
Apr 18, 2010
488
4
121
TEXAS
IDK...I'm no expert...but if it helps mine are all on the ground and most eggs end up in them (found a few of the first ones on the poop boards, but I think she was just too new to make it to the box or something, 'cause since then I haven't had any issues). just a little vote of confidence, not real advice...no expert...'member I'm new too
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tuesdays chicks

Songster
9 Years
Apr 26, 2010
1,298
4
149
stuart florida
people say to build the boxes up but below the roosts, but I have mine on the floor and haven't had any trouble, since most hidden nests are on the ground anyway, put some golfballs or fake eggs in, the birds might just be adjusting to their new surroundings .
 

tuesdays chicks

Songster
9 Years
Apr 26, 2010
1,298
4
149
stuart florida
and i would keep both nest boxes, if you have 1 in the box and another wants to lay they need an alternative. some chickens can spend hours sitting in the box waiting to lay.
 

Tomhusker

Songster
10 Years
May 28, 2010
601
66
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Carson, Iowa
I have 4 boxes that are about a foot above the floor. They are 12"x12" and were made for my BR's. Since then I got some Jersey Giants and didn't think these would be practical so I made a larger nest box which I attached to the coop at floor level. We'll see how the options work out as they approach POL.
 

NellaBean

Graceland Farms
10 Years
Mar 4, 2009
7,261
39
261
Broodyland, TN
My Coop
My Coop
my chickens prefer the lower nest boxes over higher ones. I have a 6 unit nesting box setup in the open part of my garage. 3 boxes on the bottom, 3 on top. There are never any eggs in the top boxes. Each of the bottom boxes generally has multiple eggs.

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