The slope for roll out next boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by billmac, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. billmac

    billmac Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    I'm building a new coop and would like to use roll out boxes. I lose too many eggs to breakage and eating.

    First, what should the slope be for a roll out box? Obviously it has to be enough to roll the egg, but I'm wondering if the chickens will find it freaky.

    Two, is it difficult to acclimate chickens to a roll out box if they are used to a traditional box with nesting material in it?

  2. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Southern Illinois
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    One of my sets of two nest boxes is a rear roll-out nest box. The front of the box is 3.5 inches higher than the back of the box. (Just put a 3.5 inch block at the front, and secure a piece of 1/4 inch plywood to it as the "floor" of the nest box. That creates the slope.)

    And then I bought the grey plastic nest pads online from someplace.... My girls use the nests just fine without regular bedding in 'em.
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