- Apr 18, 2014
Hi, I'm in the process of building my coop and run as first time chicken owner. I live in NW MN. about 70 miles from the Canadian border. With this in mind I'm converting a heavily insulted milk house attached to the old barn to a permanent coop. I building 6 nesting boxes in rows of 2 , 3 high because of the existing design of the milk house. This configuration will allow me to access the nests from behind and inside the barn so I don't half to enter the coop to check for eggs in the winter and open the coop to the often harsh temps here in the winter months. With the current layout the bottom row of nest box will be 2.5' off the floor level and the entrance to the top row will be I little over 4.5'. These will essentially be holes in the wall 10" x 10". Besides a small landing under each row of the entry holes will I need a ladder of sort or will my chickens be able to jump to the nesting boxes from the floor? My hens will be red stars and Rhode Island reds. Any help would be appreciated.