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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by leck8, Mar 12, 2015.
What size of nesting box do I need for rir barred rocks and black australoup
12x12x12 is sufficient for most birds. 3 or 4 inch strip on the bottom in front to prevent anything from rolling out.
Mine are 12's and I may do my next ones as 16's. Is the extra space good or a waste?
Depends on the size of your birds. Watch them see how they get in and out and move around. Some birds enjoy the confined space. I made mine 12 x 12 but 18 deep. (Just the wood I had around) I will see how they like it next week. (Neighbor wintered my hens for me since by coop wasn't insulated and ready for -50°C yet) that's today's task.
Newbie question here. Do the chicken sleep in the nesting boxes or just on the perch? I know some people lock them in the nesting box area at night..should I do that or let them use perch if they want? In the temporary coop we have the have a nesting box but sleep on the perch. We are currently building coop and trying to get everything right. Thanks for any help.
Typically you will find them higher up on perches. My coop is a old grain she'd and had a steel cable from wall to wall. I have no clue how they got up there, but at night that's where I would find most of them.
I have BR, BO, RIR at the moment. They always look cramped, especially when there's three in the same box, lol.
Forgive me, I am a newbie..Can you explain BR, BO & RIR? (breeds?)
Let's see... Buff Orpington... Rhode Island Red... and ... dang... I can't remember BR. Maybe Barred (Plymoth) Rock. I wonder if BYC has a listing of all these abbreviations somewhere.