nesting boxes for silkies. how high??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ericasl, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Ericasl

    Ericasl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How high should laying boxes be for silkies?? I have some that just started to lay and my boxes for my big girls are two high for them.
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I was just reading up on this and from what the sites I visited say, was to keep them very low as silkies can't fly well at all. I would say about 12 inches off the ground would be good. Anyone else have silkies that can add info here??
     
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  3. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    I use cat sized old plasic pet crates, door removed and just leave it on the floor of the coop with a big handful of bermuda hay in it. There are two crates for three girls.
     
  4. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a ex small dog house for my silkies nest box.
     
  5. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i house my silkies in one of those chick-n-barns, and have the nest boxes right on the floor of it. They seem to like that.
     
  6. Sandrachx

    Sandrachx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my girlfriend has 30+ silkies - she swears by veggie colanders she purchased at Target. she mounts metal straps to the wall shaped like the bottom of the colander (12" from the floor), puts the colander in with a little bedding and her girls love it. each colander can hold 2 hens and when she needs to clean them, she just takes them out of the strap, dumps the bedding and washes out the colander (if needed). i've seen it and it looks great - eggs are easy to reach and there is floor space to wander around in.
     

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