Nesting boxes and Roosts

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by justincasei812, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. justincasei812

    justincasei812 In the Brooder

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    This may have been beaten to death already but I have been searching for some design ideas for a coop expansion. I am going from a 4 by 8' to an 8 by 8' coop. It is just the easiest way to expand with sheets of plywood. What I have been looking for are some ideas on putting nesting boxes on one side of the 8 x 8 box towards the floor (with a door to the outside to gather eggs) and then putting the roost with a tray over top of that to save some space. I have been looking on Pinterest and BYC and through out the web with no real luck or real pics to get a visual before I start building. Nothing elaborate Just need to have the basics. If anyone has any pics of this layout I would really appreciate seeing them.

    Justin
     
  2. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    Here is my through the wall roll out nest box.

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    If the nest box is at least 24" deep inside the coop then just frame out the top with some 1x4's to form a box. Put some Sweet PDZ in the box and center the roost over the middle of the nest box. If it is not 24" deep then just put a piece of wood that is 24" deep with the box on it on top of the nest.

    JT
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Here's a nifty one...sliding nests and a deep double roost board.
    Could go not-sliding nests with access at coop wall and just a 24" deep single roost board.
     
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    lins girrls Chirping

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  5. lins girrls

    lins girrls Chirping

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    On the nesting boxes really what I have done is put them on the bottom underneath a poop deck with the roost above. It is space saving and works really good. Also if they go broody the chicks are not going to fall out of a raised nesting area
     
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  6. justincasei812

    justincasei812 In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. I was trying to wait a bit for a response to see what came in. Aart I am going to try something close to the link that you posted. It is something I was thinking but just couldn’t put a picture to it. I may go with a door on the outside of the coop for egg collection and will try to swing the pull out nesting boxes along with it if time allows. Thanks again
     
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