Small Opening for Nesting Box

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hydestone, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. hydestone

    hydestone Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi BYC,

    I was reviewing some nesting box designs and stumbled upon an agricultural extension website that claimed egg production increased when the opening to the nesting box was reduced to 6" x 9". Most of the pictures I see on the internet show a wide open box. Does anyone have experience with a small opening like they suggest?

    Thanks,
    John
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2010
  2. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens prefer a little privacy and will choose a smaller nest opening over a larger more exposed one. A smaller opening would be better as long as the interior of the nest is regular size and it don't interfere with egg collection.
     
  3. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very interesting . . . is it 6" wide by 9" tall, or the other way round?
     
  4. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I have noticed that my little Banty Cochins lay more inside the nesting boxes that I made for my Muscovies than in their own boxes. The duck's boxes are rectangular & fully enclosed except for a circle cut in the front, to one side, for access.

    On the other hand they also seem to like layign in a long, open-top box the ducks use too. but it is VERY 'nesty' in there so maybe that's why?
     
  5. hydestone

    hydestone Out Of The Brooder

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    Just checked them...9" wide x 6" high.
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Mine seem to really like laying in a box that I have built inside a XL dog house. It's about 14" square, but sideways inside the doghouse, so it's "private" (not open towards the doorway)
    Otherwise they use a small plastic doghouse (almost 2ft long, only about a foot wide), that is plenty big enough (about 4 hens can fit in there....) but it's "deep" if you know what I mean, so they lay their eggs way in the back. I put crushed up corn cob type kitty litter in it for padding, and a golf ball, and they caught on.
    I tried giving them a plastic tote with a smaller doorway cut into the side, and they wouldn't use it [​IMG] maybe the hole was too small, but they squeeze into other tight spaces.....who knows what they were thinking. It's out there cluttering up my yard now [​IMG]
     

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