Nesting boxes

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Deb Widger, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. Deb Widger

    Deb Widger Out Of The Brooder

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    good morning everyone,So glad to be apart of the backyard chickens.my question is ,does anyone have their nesting boxes in the run.I have ten chicks.The person who was supposed to make my coop backed out and still owes me money.We found a four by six,two feet high dog kennel which will be our coop but really not big enough for ten girls.Someone said to put the boxes on the run,opinions?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Sorry to hear you are getting off to a rocky start in your chicken keeping adventure.
    Nest boxes in the run can work - depending on your climate, your hens and your overall setup. If you are in an area where weather is likely to keep them from going out a lot then having the nest boxes outside may lead to a lot of laying inside the coop area vs. in the nest boxes. Will your run be covered (roofed, not wired)? If so, this may help offset any potential weather related issues as the run will be more protected than one that is not. Some hens are less picky about the sort of conditions they will go out in, so if you have hens that don't care much about weather that will help too.
    If you take and post some photos of the kennel you are planning to use we may be able to make other suggestions as well that could be useful for your nest box issue as well as options to overcome the space issue while you figure out an alternative that would provide a better situation.
     
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  3. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is def. not enough room for 10 birds I would keep looking for something else, an option for nesting boxes is a 5 gal bucket on its side with the lid cut so there is only 1/3 left and that will hold shavings or hay or straw whatever you use will stay in pretty well.
     
  4. animalgrl

    animalgrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a small coop and have one nest box in my run. Three of my 4 girls use the nest box in the run. My Easter Egger insists on laying in the coop, so I have a small nest box in my coop for her to use. No snow or extreme weather where I live, so the girls are out in the run unless they are sleeping. The nest box in my run is mounted to a section of wooden fence, and when it rains, water does get into the nest box and I haven't figured out how to remedy that. Nest boxes in the run can work, but consider where they are placed, what you use, etc. to keep them from getting filled with water in bad weather.
     
  5. Deb Widger

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    Thanks for the reply everyone.I don't know how to post a picture on here yet but,My coop is on legs so that I could put two boxes u der it.I also plan on covering my run so the girls can spend a lot of time outside .Im also going to make a Chunnel so they can free range.I live in Phila Pa.
     
  6. Deb Widger

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    I think I posted a picture
     
  7. Deb Widger

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    Thanks for the info!,so it can work
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Very nice to meet you Deb. I think putting nest boxes out in the run would make them more accessible to predators. For ten hens - 3-4 nest boxes are probably enough. Hens will often fight to use the one "special?" nesting box even if the others are identical.

    Rule of thumb for coops is 4-5 sq. feet per bird excluding roosts and nest boxes. and 10 sq. feet per bird in the outdoor run. Chickens get very cranky when they are crowded and will often resort to bullying, feather plucking and at extremes cannibalism.
     
  9. Deb Widger

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    I know and thanks for your advice.the problem was I payed someone to make a bigger one and they they,well, got thrown in jail,yep and still have to get some money back from them so I was scrambling to find something.Im going to have to make what I have work for now .If they're locked in the coop at night which is inside the run I don't think predators will be a problem,I hope
     
  10. Deb Widger

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    Four chickens? And how bigs your coop?thanks for the response.,my coop is four by fix inside a run that's eight by eleven ,six feet high then I'm going to make a tunnel for them to free range around the yard
     

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