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No Slope on nest box Ok??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by opi8, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. opi8

    opi8 In the Brooder

    Feb 20, 2009
    Hi All,

    I neglected the fact that the plans for the nest boxes I have built have slanted "roofs"

    I did not do that, the are basically just wood boxes, will it be ok? When I put the nest boxes in the coop it has created a nice little area for them to stand and look out the window.

    Should I try and rig up a slanted board? Or will what I have be ok? I read some posts of people always having slopes, but I cannot find out why.

    I have worked so hard on the coop I cannot believe I "forgot" to measure for a slope.

    Thanks in advance for comments.


  2. jubylives

    jubylives Songster

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    Mine are the same. I've had no issues not being sloped. Plus it gave me a place for storage.

  3. chickenfever

    chickenfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    I think the only reason for slanted roofs on nest boxes is so that the chickens don't roost on top of them. Mine are just boxes as well, and I do have a hen that roosts on top of them every night.
    But, it doesn't bother me, so I don't care.
  4. mrkpero

    mrkpero Songster

    Sep 26, 2008
    My boxes are like that too. I thought I might go back and add a slope onto it, but one of my older girls likes to sleep up there. Yep, she poops there. I just add a layer of bedding on top of the boxes. Cleans up quick and easy. Once I even found an egg up there! I've found that everyone has there own way of doing things. There is no right or wrong. Just whatever works for you. Best of luck on your new coop!
  5. opi8

    opi8 In the Brooder

    Feb 20, 2009

    I feel so much better now. Still gets into the 20's here in MI at night. Chicks are 5 weeks old, they seems to want a new space more than I want them out of the house:)

    I may bring them out next week with a heat lamp, we will see how the weather is.

    Thanks again for the comments on the nest box! I will leave mine "as-is"


  6. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    yep... the slanted roofs are to prevent perching because most people don't want poop-covered nest boxes. One of mine will perch on anything ever since she was a tiny baby, so I am glad for the slanted roofs... however, if you don't mind a little perching and pooping then you're just fine with how they are now [​IMG]
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The top of my nest boxes is flat and doubles as a droppings board for the roost [​IMG] As long as you have a sufficiently wide board it works fine that way.

    I would probably not let them just *roost* on the flat nestbox roof, personally, but, it is not like something horribly catastrophic will happen if you do.

    Have fun,


  8. tknjk

    tknjk Songster

    Nov 28, 2007
    Abilene, TX
    Mine aren't sloped. No issues.

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