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Six hens, how many boxes?

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I am looking at building a 5x5 coop to give them 4 sq ft each. I was thinking about 5 nesting boxes  along the back for easy access to eggs. is 5 too many or too little ?

post #2 of 5

4-5 nest boxes per hen.  Two would be plenty and they would probably only use one.  I have 3 boxes on my 6x8 coop with 9 hens.

post #3 of 5
Agreed. 2 is plenty.
3 BLRW and 3 Buffs
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3 BLRW and 3 Buffs
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post #4 of 5
I have 6 hens, 3 nesting boxes, they usually use 2.
2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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post #5 of 5
They will use one because clutch tendency, have another for spare.

Another thought if you have not built the coop yet. 5x5 will likely mean two piece floor board with a seam. Think about 5x4 or 6x4.
Edited by ECBW - 3/18/16 at 7:34pm
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