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Putting in the nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GrayDragon, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. GrayDragon

    GrayDragon Chillaxin

    Sep 2, 2009
    I've got a bunch of scrap 1x12s and am starting to build some nest boxes. I'm going to put them in as shelves along the back wall, across from the wall that has the windows (so the chickies can enjoy the view and not catch drafts). I'm getting mainly RIRs, though, after much pleading from my niece, adding a couple Amercaunas as well so she can have colored eggs when she visits.

    How high off the ground should I start the nesting box shelves, and about how tall would you say is the max I should go?

  2. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    I always hang mine just high enough so they can use the floor space under them(about 18" off the floor). If you put them much higher some of them may have problems getting up to them without a ladder or ramp. I also slope the tops of mine to prevent them from trying to roost on them. Good Luck and hope this helps.
  3. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    the roost needs to be higher than the nests
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    yes nests lower than roosts or else they will roost in them and poop in them allllll night! I made that mistake in the beginning!

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