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<thumsups> Sounds good!

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Your coop is pretty spectacular too!  I haven't built the nest boxes yet, do you think the round holes give them more privacy/security or did you just do that to keep the bedding in?  How many chickens do you have?  I am hoping the coop and run combined will be enough for 22 birds.  It is looking like I may only have 6 roosters so not as many to cull as I thought but I could be wrong...every day they all look different LOL!

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I designed my nests based the old galvanized nest banks with round entry holes, as I have always been enchanted by them. They definitely help hold the bedding inside and I do think it makes them feel 'cozier'. The 14 x 14 x 16 size allows a bird to turn around and get settled, one bird in particular likes to sit almost sideways with her head kind of in the front corner.  Never had any trouble with them using them, but my birds are totally confined so have no other choices as attractive.

 

Right now I have 30 birds, 15 adults and 15 juniors(9 wo) but by fall/winter there will only be 15-16, not quite sure yet who will stay and who will go. I have 96 sqft in coop, plus 25 sqft on roost boards. It can get a bit 'crowded' in there during those stretches of bitter days when they won't venture outside at all.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #13 of 19

I like your nest sizes Aart.  I know that "they say" 12 x 12 is sufficient.  But... where design allows, I think bigger is better.  We all know that they love to crowd into a single nest.  I've had as many as 4 birds stuffed into a single box.  Stacked up like cord wood.  

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Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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I like your nest sizes Aart.  I know that "they say" 12 x 12 is sufficient.  But... where design allows, I think bigger is better.  We all know that they love to crowd into a single nest.  I've had as many as 4 birds stuffed into a single box.  Stacked up like cord wood.  


I like them too!  I was going to make mine 14"x14" just to give them a little more room and because I have Australorps...they are turning out to be HUGE!    @aart  which way is the 18" part...are they 18" wide or deep?   I want to only have to build mine once (ha ha) it is slowly looking like I will have maybe 14 hens when it is all said and done but I think I will make maybe 8 next boxes?  I have the space to make them 16"x16"x16"  or will the extra space encourage them to "share" the boxes? 

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I like your nest sizes Aart.  I know that "they say" 12 x 12 is sufficient.  But... where design allows, I think bigger is better.  We all know that they love to crowd into a single nest.  I've had as many as 4 birds stuffed into a single box.  Stacked up like cord wood.  

There's only been once that I saw nest crowding/sharing, 

(not that it doesn't otherwise happen but I'm out there pretty often)

last summer heard a lot of noise out there and went to see.

2 of the 4 nests had 2 birds, I stood and watched for almost an hour, was funny.

 

Main reason for larger size here is I think it's just more comfortable for them to turn around in.

I read a lot of 'they said' before building anything and am glad I decided bigger was better.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I like your nest sizes Aart.  I know that "they say" 12 x 12 is sufficient.  But... where design allows, I think bigger is better.  We all know that they love to crowd into a single nest.  I've had as many as 4 birds stuffed into a single box.  Stacked up like cord wood.  


I like them too!  I was going to make mine 14"x14" just to give them a little more room and because I have Australorps...they are turning out to be HUGE!    @aart  which way is the 18" part...are they 18" wide or deep?   I want to only have to build mine once (ha ha) it is slowly looking like I will have maybe 14 hens when it is all said and done but I think I will make maybe 8 next boxes?  I have the space to make them 16"x16"x16"  or will the extra space encourage them to "share" the boxes? 

16" high/tall (not 18")...they do stand up when the egg actually comes out.

 

 I also have a portable floor nest that's 14" wide, 16" deep, and 16" tall....same 10" diameter entry.

Worked great for a broody hen in winter...and I use it for pullets too.

May need a to build another(or two) as I have 14 hens, 11 pullets and only 5 nests.

Am tempted to build another 4 nest bank and mount it below the existing one.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #17 of 19
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Cool!  I have a small dog crate that I will set up for a ground nest...I am hoping for my Blue Cochins to go broody and hatch for all the others.....I admit I got them because they are so beautiful and can go broody.  I know, I know....not practical but oh so much fun :D   

 

When I ordered them, I read all about that they are not good foragers, their feathers get dirty on their feet...blah, blah, blah...I still got them because you always need a little eye candy around right just to keep things interesting?! :lau

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Cool!  I have a small dog crate that I will set up for a ground nest...I am hoping for my Blue Cochins to go broody and hatch for all the others.....I admit I got them because they are so beautiful and can go broody.  I know, I know....not practical but oh so much fun :D   

 

When I ordered them, I read all about that they are not good foragers, their feathers get dirty on their feet...blah, blah, blah...I still got them because you always need a little eye candy around right just to keep things interesting?! :lau

When I used the floor nest for the broody, it was in a 4x6' partition off the main coop.

So she had room for feed, water, and to get up to stretch her legs and poop.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #19 of 19
I make mine 16’ x 16” x 16”. The main reasons for that is that 16” goes evenly into a 4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood or an 8’ 2x4 so there is no real waste. It also fit my coop framing well. But I like the size for a couple of other reasons. I regularly see two or even three hens in the same nest at the same time, even with others empty. I like them to be at least partially in the nest instead of resting on top of other hens when they are laying.

Also, I let my hens hatch in those nests. Baby chicks like to climb up on Momma’s back while she is hatching the late comers. If the nest is really small the chicks might miss the nest and fall to the floor when they fall off. With my large nests that isn’t a problem. The hen is not that close to an edge.

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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