Quick nest box question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by leight54, May 31, 2011.

  1. leight54

    leight54 Songster

    I'm planning to mount my nest box (single box, only have 2 hens) on one wall of the coop.What's the minimum it should it be off the floor, so that floor space is not lost - in other words, so the chickens can walk under it comfortably? The height of a chicken, higher/lower? I want to put it under a window, but I'm not sure there's enough room there to not lose floor space.
  2. ninnyeggs

    ninnyeggs In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2011
    Post bump [​IMG] I was wondering the same thing
  3. leight54

    leight54 Songster

    Bumping the bump [​IMG]

    I'm ready to install the "furniture" in my coop......
  4. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chirping

    Jul 17, 2010
    Coatesville, PA
    The height is not critical for the most part. If it is very high....like 4' plus you'll probably need a perch on the front for them to jump up on before they go in. The most critical issue is the roosts should be higher than the nest boxes. If the nests are higher they will roost there and get the nests dirty. Roosts should be higher, past that, I'd go taller than your hens or maybe twice their grown height...
  5. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    I have the nest boxes on the floor with no problem. Since my only roost at night and hang outside or underneath the coop all day, so I don't need the extra space. You need 1 nest box. If you don't want to build nest box, any paper box that big enough will do the trick as long as the front entry 3" high.
    Last edited: May 31, 2011

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