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how many nesting boxes for 8 hens?

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I plan on having 8 hens tops (thats the law here) how many nesting boxes do I need? I plan on getting RIRs, Jerseys and other heavy dual purpose layers.

post #2 of 8

2-3 the rule is 1 for every 4-5 laying hens.

post #3 of 8

I would think 2would be enough. We have 6 with 20 hens and they only use 2-3 boxes.

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Our coop    http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=187271
Our Whizbang Chicken Plucker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m-WPHTYDN4

1 Dog, 3 Cats, and a whole bunch of chickens!! (Mostly Buckeyes with a couple Easter Eggers, Sex-links, Blue Cochins, Barred Rocks, and Black Copper Marans)
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post #4 of 8

In my experience, it doesn't really matter how many you give them - we gave ours 15 of them. They use 2 most of the time and alternate with a third.

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Honoring our POWs.

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post #5 of 8

Two nest boxes should be sufficient.  They share.  They will stand in a line outside an occupied nest box they like best, and bawk at the one inside to hurry up, while there is a perfectly good, empty one right next to it.

Silly birds.

The good thing about not having to put in lots of nest boxes is that you can use the coop space for other stuff, if they aren't "pop out" nest boxes.  And they won't count against your total square foot of real estate inside the coop.  (4 square feet per chicken.)


Edited by gryeyes - 9/27/10 at 7:44pm

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #6 of 8

You don't need many nest boxes...2-4 should be just fine.  I have 6 for my 12 hens, and sometimes there's an egg or two in each, but most often there's 5 eggs in one, 3 in another, 4 in a third and no eggs in all the rest.  And it doesn't matter which nest box, either, it rotates and I can't figure out the pattern if any.  Phases of the moon or that box had a bug in it to eat, or the alpha hen liked box # 3 the best today.  Go figger.

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Proud mom of 2 US Marines!   Happy care-giver to 11 ISA Brown hens, 2 Buff Orpingtons, and 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte; 1 elderly female Rottweiler who thinks she's a cat, 4 sons who are much taller than I am, the most awesome baby granddaughter alive, and a sweet computer geek husband who broods in front of his laptop and hatches incredible software.
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post #7 of 8

2 will work...but you could do 3

1 box for every 3-4 hens

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post #8 of 8

I have 4 for about 21 hens------but they really like to fuss at the barn cat until he gives up his bed (which is a small carrier with hay in it)!

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Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Mommy to 4 dogs; 5 cats; 3 pygmy goats; 3 pot belly pigs; 40 chickens; one Giant Rainbow Plated lizard; and one beautiful blue and gold macaw!!l
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