Roosting bars

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MemeA, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. MemeA

    MemeA Just Hatched

    Feb 13, 2016
    We are redoing our coop and I wanted to have two roosting bars, same height, about 15" apart with a poop board underneath them. I was then going to tuck the nesting boxes into the space under the poop board (about 10" from the floor and 4" from the poop board) but now I'm reading that the nesting boxes shouldn't be under the roosts. Is there a reason for that other than cleanliness--which I will be taking care of with the poop board. Thanks!
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I don't know for sure but it seems that with chickens, while there is a pecking order, they also want to congregate together at roost time. Perhaps if the nest boxes were directly under the roost poles, bottom of the pecking order hens might be inclined to roost in the boxes?? Not sure...might just be talking out of my elbow, but that makes sense to me.
  3. Shamofancier98

    Shamofancier98 New Egg

    Sep 17, 2016
    NW Florida
    I allow mine to free range in the afternoons. By that time most have layed already and will give them a chance to get some exercise. But if letting them out would cause a problem or if you have other types you,want to keep separate guess that would work.
  4. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2008
    nestboxes should be a separate entity from the roosts as much ad possible, and it helps to have nestboxes as LOW as possible and the roosts as HIGH as posdible--chickens like to lay in low, hidden spots and roost in the highest spot, so you save a lot of grief trying to get them to do the right thing in the right place by designing it with their preferences in mind (not yours) in the first place to elininate confusion.

    that said, if saving space is really a concern or something, having nestboxes under roosts should not be a problem as long as there is no possible way for poop to drop, sift, spill, drip, or otherwise end up in the nestboxes, and you provide enough roosting room on your roosts that no one gets excluded and winds up having to sleep in the boxes instead. if you do have sleepers in the boxes, you can find an easy way to block them off at night and open them up early in the morning--but that only works well if youre up at dawnish.
  5. MemeA

    MemeA Just Hatched

    Feb 13, 2016
    I do have the room so will not put the nesting boxes under the roosting poles. Thanks everyone for your advice!

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