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Roost height vs nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by shamgar1, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. shamgar1

    shamgar1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to chickens and designing a coop. Am I correct that roosts need to be higher than the nesting boxes? I don't want them roosting on nesting boxes.
    Thanks for any help.
    Shamgar1
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, almost all chickens want to roost on the highest available thing. It's a survival instinct. The roosts need to be clearly higher than anything else you don't want them to roost on. Exactly how much higher depends on the size of your coop and how close they are to the nest boxes. I generally go with about one foot so there is no question.
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, that's correct.
     
  4. dweder

    dweder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also build a slanted roof over the nesting boxes so they cannot roost on top of them.
     

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