Where in the coop should the nesting boxes go?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by fshinggrl, May 15, 2009.

  1. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    Up high or down low? Or doesn't it matter? I'm just thinking about making an attachment to our coop that would give the hens more room. And building on boxes would probably be the best solution, but currently the boxes are high. Does it matter?
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    on the other side of the roost if you can.
  3. spottedtail

    spottedtail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2007
    I built mine so that the floor of the boxes is about 3' above the floor.
    At about 18" is a step to make it easier for the hens. Some use it, some don't.
    3' is also a good person height. You can reach down for eggs without bending.

  4. PacsMan

    PacsMan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2009
    Salt Lake Valley
    Quote:It doesn't matter so much for your hens, but it matters what type/shape of coop you have, and how you want to interact with the hens/eggs. I've got a 4x8x4 coop on legs, inside a garage. The nest boxes are 12" off of the coop floor, but ~ 3 1/2 foot high from the ground.

    Make sure you put the nests lower than the roosts.

    I've got some detailed plans for my coop here .

    edited to make link work
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  5. Bridget399

    Bridget399 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    South Western PA
    I have two rows, one on top of the other. I will get pics on my page, soon. I plan on putting a "ladder" up to the higher ones.

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