Newbie from Canada / questions about nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kevlar, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. kevlar

    kevlar Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2011
    Hi there

    My name is Kevin and I live in tarrys b.c. Canada. my family and I just moved to home that has an old coop that has not been used in almost twenty years. Our landlord told us that if we wanted to use the coop for chickens to go for it so it became my new project. The coop is about 14'x10' and has a large roost 10'x6' and eight nesting boxes that were about 12" off the ground (I took them out) it is an open air design and has five windows along the south east side. It had no door when we got here so I built a door out of some old lumber and cedar fencing that was laying around the property, I'm quite proud of it lol. I also decided it needed a run so I built a 18'x14' run/pen. After building the door and the run I started looking at other peoples coop plans and decided I want to renovate the inside of the coop now too. I tore out the old nesting boxes and I am thinking of installing some new boxes that can be accessed from the outside of the coop. with the removal and relocation of the boxes I will also have room for a section of the coop to be used for brooding/quarantine in the future. I am wondering if there are any cons to having boxes that I can access from the outside or if they are just better if you can build them that way? I was still thinking of having eight boxes but stacking them four wide and two high is this a good Idea?
  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop

    The coop sounds wonderful. All of my coops have external nesting boxes and I love them. Sectioning off a space for broodies is a great idea, but look for a quarantine spot as far away from your main flock as possible. Wouldn't do much good to quarantine in the same coop.

    [​IMG] Great to have you join us!! [​IMG]
  3. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  4. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]


  5. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    [​IMG] !!!!
  6. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    Welcome to BYC!

    A lot of folks build external nest boxes. Great way to get to the eggs without having to tromp through chicken poo [​IMG]
    Gives you a little more room in the coop itself too.

    An internal brooder is ok, but I agree with AZBootsie, a quarantine area in the same coop defeats the purpose.
  7. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
  8. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    [​IMG] Hello and welcome to BYC! I'm not sure about the nest box issue. I'm new to raising chickens and we just got our first egg two days ago. Good luck!
  9. riverchicks

    riverchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2011
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Either way is fine, it depends on your likings and carpentry skills. [​IMG]

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