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perch for nest boxes?

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

  1. newfmadible

    newfmadible In 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 Songster

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

    funonahonda Songster

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    Yes, they should have a perch
     
  4. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Songster

    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 In 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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