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perch for nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by newfmadible, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. newfmadible

    newfmadible Out Of The Brooder

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    I am planning for my first chicks this spring and can hardly wait! I want everything to be perfect for my little chickies. My coop has four nest boxes raised about three feet off the ground. Do I need to provide a perch in front of the boxes for them to jump up on? There is a small lip on the front of the nest boxes themselves.
     
  2. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Indiana
    Probably. My bantams wouldn't go in theirs until we added a perch.
     
  3. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they should have a perch
     
  4. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    We added a small perch under the nest boxes and I noticed they always hop on it first before going into the boxes.

    Beside that we also added a board under the boxes which sticks out a couple of inches.

    They walk along the board and decide which box they will go in.

    You will love having chicks this spring.
     
  5. newfmadible

    newfmadible Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the answers! It shouldn't be too hard to add a perch. the hard part is waiting for the chicks!!
     

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