1. hermiesbirdies

    hermiesbirdies Out Of The Brooder

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    I am building everything from scrap. finishing up the outside of the coop and starting to build door and roosts. how big should I build the nesting boxes? Is it ok to use aromatic eastern red cedar to build the boxes with?
     
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would make them 12"x12"x12" or a little bigger. I would not use the cedar. The smell from the cedar can cause respitory problems for the chickens. If the smell irritates them, they likely won't use the nesting box.
     
  3. hermiesbirdies

    hermiesbirdies Out Of The Brooder

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    good to know. thank you. 12" deep too? think I am making plywood boxes then
     
  4. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    I would use 12" by 12" by 15" deep. I have large hens and mine are just about that size. Think "enclosed" "dark" "calm" "secluded". That's what a hen is looking for. Some secret place for the first egg, then 7 girls copy her, usually in the same place.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I made mine 16" x 16" with the thought that they like to crowd into the same nest. With a nest this size, they can without being on top of each other. I do agree with "enclosed" "dark" "calm" "secluded".
     

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