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How many nest boxes do I need?

post #1 of 11
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I was under the assumption I needed one nest box per chicken, I bought a house with a coop already built and the past owner told me 2 nest boxes were plenty for 6 girls.  Can someone verify this for me.  We are about ready to put the girls in the coop and I don't want to have to scramble at the last minute.

Russo's Roost, our little farm on 2 1/2 acres in Morrisville Vermont.  3 Golden Comets, Haley (get it, Haley's COMET) Cybil and Tinkerbell, (All gone to the coop in the sky) 3  Barred Plymouth Rocks, BB, Brigitte and Blondie,(Brigitte and Blondie are also gone to the coop in the sky) all hatched on May 7, 2009

We now have BB the HANDSOME Rooster and 3 foster hens. Camel and Jazmine, both...
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Russo's Roost, our little farm on 2 1/2 acres in Morrisville Vermont.  3 Golden Comets, Haley (get it, Haley's COMET) Cybil and Tinkerbell, (All gone to the coop in the sky) 3  Barred Plymouth Rocks, BB, Brigitte and Blondie,(Brigitte and Blondie are also gone to the coop in the sky) all hatched on May 7, 2009

We now have BB the HANDSOME Rooster and 3 foster hens. Camel and Jazmine, both...
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post #2 of 11

Yes, one nest for about 4 hens. but, don't be surprised if they all want to lay in the same one. big_smile

post #3 of 11

All 8 of my laying hens use 1 of the 4 nest boxes we built, so I would say 2 is plenty.


Edited by willowcol - 5/26/09 at 12:40pm
Mom of Jessica 20, Nick 13, Mychaela 11, 2 Grandsons 4 and 1, 3 chihuahua's, 1 cat, 2 ducks, 4 OEG hens, 1 Black sexlink Hens, 1 RIR roo,  9 mutt chicks, lots of silkies and 2 frizzles and a few buttons.
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Mom of Jessica 20, Nick 13, Mychaela 11, 2 Grandsons 4 and 1, 3 chihuahua's, 1 cat, 2 ducks, 4 OEG hens, 1 Black sexlink Hens, 1 RIR roo,  9 mutt chicks, lots of silkies and 2 frizzles and a few buttons.
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post #4 of 11

well i have 50 chickens and 3 different nest boxes that have 12 holes each and they use 4 out of all of them and if one of my chickens decide to sit they all want to use that one for some reason!

Dont expect anything and you won't be disappointed

The greatest DW, 2 Girls, 1 St. Bernard, 1 cat, 2 milk goats, 7 pigs, 2 American Game hens, 65 chickens from buff orpingtons, Rhode island reds, domineckers, brown leg horns,
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Dont expect anything and you won't be disappointed

The greatest DW, 2 Girls, 1 St. Bernard, 1 cat, 2 milk goats, 7 pigs, 2 American Game hens, 65 chickens from buff orpingtons, Rhode island reds, domineckers, brown leg horns,
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post #5 of 11

16 HENS  BUILT 8 REAL NICE BOXES. HANGING ON WALL. THEY ALL LAY IN OLD SODA BOX ON FLOOR

AFTER AWHILE YOU CANT EVEN SMELL THE POOP
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AFTER AWHILE YOU CANT EVEN SMELL THE POOP
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post #6 of 11

2 nestboxes are for sure plenty for 6 hens smile

Have fun,

Pat

post #7 of 11

this is good to know! big_smile we are building a coop now.. we have 6 chicks.. supposed to be all hens.. but we'll see! heh.. and we have 3 nesting boxes .. so I guess we also have plenty!!  Yay!

Originally from Louisiana... Artist and military wife.. Hubby is Air Force.  2 boys (9 and 13), Gumbo our 3.5 yr old blue merle collie, Simon and Milton our cats,  and 10 chickens ( 1 Barred Rocks Rooster, 1 BR hen, 2 Americauna hens, 1 Red Star hen, 1 Black Star hen ,1 Araucauna hens, 1 olive green layer and 1 Wheaten Maran hen)  Live in Black Forest, Colorado 
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Originally from Louisiana... Artist and military wife.. Hubby is Air Force.  2 boys (9 and 13), Gumbo our 3.5 yr old blue merle collie, Simon and Milton our cats,  and 10 chickens ( 1 Barred Rocks Rooster, 1 BR hen, 2 Americauna hens, 1 Red Star hen, 1 Black Star hen ,1 Araucauna hens, 1 olive green layer and 1 Wheaten Maran hen)  Live in Black Forest, Colorado 
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Originally Posted by RIVERRAT 

16 HENS  BUILT 8 REAL NICE BOXES. HANGING ON WALL. THEY ALL LAY IN OLD SODA BOX ON FLOOR


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Dont expect anything and you won't be disappointed

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Dont expect anything and you won't be disappointed

The greatest DW, 2 Girls, 1 St. Bernard, 1 cat, 2 milk goats, 7 pigs, 2 American Game hens, 65 chickens from buff orpingtons, Rhode island reds, domineckers, brown leg horns,
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post #9 of 11

finishing up my new coop, we have 12 hens, and i built 4 nests, should be just fine

post #10 of 11

I have 11 hens (only 7 are laying age though) and have 3 nesting boxes. They only use two of them though....sometimes they insist on all laying in the same one. roll

EE's * Polish * Brown Leghorn * Black Leghorn * Self-blue D'Uccles * Dixie the Walker Hound * Lilly the Heinz 57 mix* 2 Bunnies *

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EE's * Polish * Brown Leghorn * Black Leghorn * Self-blue D'Uccles * Dixie the Walker Hound * Lilly the Heinz 57 mix* 2 Bunnies *

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