Pros and Cons Inside coop nesting boxes or outside

The Lazy L

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Interior. Higher cost per square foot and/or wasted space above the nesting boxes

Exterior. Lower cost per square foot. Roof/access door must be designed so rain water does flow between the coop wall and the roof/access door.
 

gg706

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I decided on an exterior egg box. My box does not leak at all. However it will be a bit harder to get the eggs. I did not build a box with the roof raising up because it would be too heavy for my kids to lift to get the eggs...as shingles are VERY heavy! I built the opening door on the front. I wish I had built the box taller to allow more room to access the eggs. I have had thoughts recently of reaching in to get the eggs and coming in hand and face first contact with a snake! NOT a pleasant thought!
This is my set up
 

gg706

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I have been looking over hundreds of coops and there is never a mention of WHY your would build your nesting boxes inside the coop or make an attached box outside the basic 4 walled coop. Is it just looks? is there an actual reason one way or the other is better. talk to me i only have 6 weeks before the girls go out.



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BTW....This is SO stinkin' cute!
 

ailurophile23

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If you have plenty of room and it is not a hassle to go into the coop daily, I would tend to lean towards interior boxes. I have now had both exterior (i.e., hanging off the side of the coop) and interior (built onto an interior wall of the coop) - the problem I had with exterior is that the nest boxes got cold very quickly and I had some frozen eggs since I could only collect in the evening. The interior nest boxes have the advantage of a much larger air buffer surrounding the whole box - many fewer frozen eggs.

If you are still in the design and construction phase and need/want to have exterior boxes, you can always have the roof overhang past the boxes to eliminate rain issues and leaks.
 

gg706

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yes that is a good point....I never thought about the eggs freezing. I live in Georgia so it probably won't be much of an issue for me, however if you live a cold winter area that would definitely be a concern for exterior nest boxes.
 
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