Nesting boxes design question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pfenning_pfarm, May 28, 2010.

  1. pfenning_pfarm

    pfenning_pfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all!
    I just have a quick question about nesting boxes. The other half is getting ready to build our coop, he asked if the nesting boxes need to have tops on them, or can they just be left open with the dividers there...or do they have to have covers on them? The coop itself is covered. We will be making 3 nesting boxes, for 8 hens. Please lemme know what you think.
     
  2. WingingIt

    WingingIt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Put covers on them. If you leave the tops off you'll have a few that will perch on the dividers and poop down into the nesting boxes.
     
  3. Hennie

    Hennie Out Of The Brooder

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    We have found, that they prefer covered dark boxes we have tried both, if that is of any help.
    Good luck.
     
  4. shawnm2639

    shawnm2639 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto...mine dont nest unless its covered
     
  5. Eggie and Me

    Eggie and Me Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have covered and uncovered boxes. The covered boxes are used more regularly. [​IMG]
     
  6. pfenning_pfarm

    pfenning_pfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all very much. This helps bunches!
     
  7. pharr389

    pharr389 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine are covered. i have the back side of the top higher than the front so it is difficult for the chicken to roost there. with it slanted this way the chickens tend to slideoff. hope this helps.
     

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