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Question about nest boxes and hens with chickies

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LocoPollo, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Songster

    Aug 13, 2008
    Ellijay, GA
    I am just curious what if any consideration should be made to hens who have hatched chicks when designing nest boxes. What if the chickies come out of the nest and walk around? Does there need to be an area for them to do that? If the nest is too high, will they fall out? I am just wondering what I need to do to make sure a nest is not only a nice place to lay eggs, but also a nice place to hatch them.
  2. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    You could make portable nest boxes, and move the nest box into a brooder.
  3. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    Quote:I think if you can have one draft free thats low, that'd be good. Have one with sides so they can't fall out. Also, low enough for them to get out when she starts taking them exploring.
  4. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    That is one of the mistakes I made when I made our boxes. I put them way too high(4ft high). We didn't have a rooster then so we never considered having chicks. Now when the girls hatch babies I leave them in nest for the first 2 days with little bowls of food and water. Then I just put them on the coop floor and then their mom jumps out and show them around. We're now making a new coop with new boxes only about a foot off of the ground.

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