Nesting boxes or a covered perch?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mattdog1995, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. mattdog1995

    mattdog1995 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2010
    Elizabeth City, NC
    I was wondering, is it bad for your chickens to sleep in the nest boxes? I have heard you should make the perchs higher than nest boxes to encourage them to sleep there. Also should i have a covered area over the perchs? Someone please help![​IMG]:barnie
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Ummmmm... the "perches" are the night-time roost bars, correct? They should be IN the coop, which would make them covered (by the coop's roof).

    Letting the birds sleep in the nest boxes means they'll poop in them, as they do at night. That means any eggs they lay may get dirty, which is annoying and some folks find disgusting.

    Chickens prefer to get up high to roost, which is why you want the roost bars higher than the nest boxes. And you should have slanted tops to the nest boxes if they're inside the coop where the chickens could roost on the nest boxes. The slanted tops will not let them roost there.

    I hope this is helpful.
  3. rchucks

    rchucks Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2010
    Gardnerville, Nevada
    some of my little ones (not laying yet) have started sleeping in the next boxes. I haven't made a big deal of it though...

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