where to put nest boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mom wewantchicks!, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. mom wewantchicks!

    mom wewantchicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do they have to be up off the floor? or on the floor of the coop? mounted up on the wall? if they are mounted on a wall, how far up? my chicks are not ready to use them yet but i was just wanting to be prepared!
     
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Do a search for "nest boxes"... there's a lot of threads started on that subject. [​IMG]
     
  3. GallowayFarms

    GallowayFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you want them off the floor a bit to keep them clean, and to help keep mice and such out of them.

    Mine are about 18" off the floor. I don't know if there is really a set height. You want them high enough to be able to clean under them and not make a place for mice to hide etc.

    most laying hens can jump up to get on things like that.

    Good Luck

    Nick
     
  4. NuthatchKnollChickens

    NuthatchKnollChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens (a great all-around resource) says to start the nest boxes on the floor until the pullets get used to using them, then mount them firmly on the wall 18-20 inches off the floor.
     

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