Nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by leck8, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. leck8

    leck8 Out Of The Brooder

    24
    0
    22
    Feb 16, 2015
    Thayer, Kansas
    What size of nesting box do I need for rir barred rocks and black australoup
     
  2. Bradfordj

    Bradfordj Chillin' With My Peeps

    151
    22
    68
    Mar 11, 2015
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    12x12x12 is sufficient for most birds. 3 or 4 inch strip on the bottom in front to prevent anything from rolling out.
     
  3. DCortez

    DCortez Out Of The Brooder

    50
    3
    43
    Mar 29, 2009
    Mine are 12's and I may do my next ones as 16's. Is the extra space good or a waste?
     
  4. Bradfordj

    Bradfordj Chillin' With My Peeps

    151
    22
    68
    Mar 11, 2015
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    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.
     
  5. ckred213

    ckred213 Out Of The Brooder

    12
    3
    24
    Mar 12, 2015
    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.:)
     
  6. Bradfordj

    Bradfordj Chillin' With My Peeps

    151
    22
    68
    Mar 11, 2015
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    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.
     
  7. DCortez

    DCortez Out Of The Brooder

    50
    3
    43
    Mar 29, 2009
    I have BR, BO, RIR at the moment. They always look cramped, especially when there's three in the same box, lol.
     
  8. ckred213

    ckred213 Out Of The Brooder

    12
    3
    24
    Mar 12, 2015
    Forgive me, I am a newbie..Can you explain BR, BO & RIR? (breeds?)
     
  9. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

    416
    44
    94
    Mar 25, 2014
    Canby, Oregon
    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.
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2015
  10. Bradfordj

    Bradfordj Chillin' With My Peeps

    151
    22
    68
    Mar 11, 2015
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    Barred rock
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by