Hey y'all, my husband and I are constructing our coop. We have less space here in Kansas and have opted for a more compact moveable coop. We only have 6 chicks. Our road block right now is that I want the laying boxes to be bigger so that the girls have room to enter, turn around however they like to lay their eggs. I would also like the sides of the boxes to extend up for privacy.
I have read that you only need one box per 2 hens.
My husband wants to fit 4 boxes along each side 11 inches apart with 2x4s so the walls aren't very high but are thick.
Any experience with hens refusing to lay in a smaller space?
Am I crazy and this is perfectly fine for a laying box? Any thoughts would be helpful! Thanks!!
My boxes are 12 X 12 but I have some big birds. I think you are personally wise to put in a few extra nesting boxes cause everyone always seems to end up getting more birds than they have to begin with. Of course then the coop can get crowded. If they have room to roam and forage they will do great. In my hen house. I have a bank of nest boxes with 10 nests. I usually have 4 that are often used and the others get used when someone goes broody in the popular nests.
I like free. Now go get some Oops paint and it will last a long time. Or better yet. Many landfills have a place they keep hazardous materials until they can be disposed of. There is often lots of cans of paint which really aren't dangerous. Once they are dry they pose no threat. Often times you can take as much of that kind of thing you want at no cost at all.
I had a really busy day today again. Sold a couple birds and got some more eggs I'm custom hatching. A little extra money on the side. However for biosecurity I am only custom hatching eggs in an incubator I'm not putting my own in until they are done.
A while back I had taken some eggs one of my free range layers was sitting on and given them to a person to hatch in their incubator. I put some blue gold brahma eggs under her instead. I was out putting more hay in the nest boxes today and she had 4 babies in there and still sitting. I love it. I had to do nothing to get those hatched. I hope she hatches a few more and will safely raise them.
I had more geese arrive at their destinations all in good shape today. Sigh of relief!!
One more shipment is sitting in a sorting center 19 miles from the final destination. Grrrrr. Hope they will still be okay in the morning when the truck moves them.