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What is the best size nesting box for large breed hens?

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I'm an Architecture student designing and building my own coop this week. I have everything laid out, but am not sure what nesting box size would be best for large breed hens? I have a handful of pullets that won't be laying for a few months. The breeds range in size from Buff Orpingtons (full size not bantam) to a few petite silkies. I'll have a total of 10-12, hens only, but mostly large breed. So what size is best? Thanks!big_smile

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is that good men do nothing, " E.Burke

Very blessed w/ a wonderful husband, 3 great kids, 1 boxer, 2 cats, 1 EE, 1 Columbian, 5 BLRW, & 2 silkies. (and one horse:)
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"All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is that good men do nothing, " E.Burke

Very blessed w/ a wonderful husband, 3 great kids, 1 boxer, 2 cats, 1 EE, 1 Columbian, 5 BLRW, & 2 silkies. (and one horse:)
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post #2 of 11

14w x 14h x 12d

post #3 of 11

I went 14x14x14 for BRs, RIRs, and Dels.

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WHY DOES LIFE SEEM TO GET IN THE WAY OF LIVING?

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post #4 of 11

can't wait to see pictures of the coop

i'm an architect in the process of building a coop and am thinking it sure has been a long time since i was a paid framer

chicken beginner, having a lot of laughs with my bbs orpingtons
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chicken beginner, having a lot of laughs with my bbs orpingtons
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post #5 of 11

5 gallon bucket on it's side, half blocked in front w/ a piece of plywood with some hay in it.  smile

There wont be much crowing after slaughter day.

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There wont be much crowing after slaughter day.

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Thanks to all! I think I'll end up with 5 - 14x15x12, just as it happens. As for pictures, don't expect too much! I'm only a second year student, and this is my first attempt at anything like this!! But I'll send pics, for better or worse:) At least the chickens won't be too critical, hahaha:lol:

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is that good men do nothing, " E.Burke

Very blessed w/ a wonderful husband, 3 great kids, 1 boxer, 2 cats, 1 EE, 1 Columbian, 5 BLRW, & 2 silkies. (and one horse:)
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"All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is that good men do nothing, " E.Burke

Very blessed w/ a wonderful husband, 3 great kids, 1 boxer, 2 cats, 1 EE, 1 Columbian, 5 BLRW, & 2 silkies. (and one horse:)
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Finally done, run and all smile There are 5 boxes off the back so they have all 32sqft inside. The run is about 140sqft. I have a full size clean out/access door on the right side. In the end I'll have just 10 birds, (once the extra roos are gone).  Ok I forgot I have to finish the front door lol It's never done!! Oh well, the cheepers are happy roll But I can't complain, it cost me under $600, for everything, I mean everything. Wood, roofing, PT, fencing, windows, the whole 9 yards! Since we did it ourselves I know it'll outlast the chickens tongue Not bad for my first architecture project.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/89740_100_2555.jpg

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is that good men do nothing, " E.Burke

Very blessed w/ a wonderful husband, 3 great kids, 1 boxer, 2 cats, 1 EE, 1 Columbian, 5 BLRW, & 2 silkies. (and one horse:)
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"All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is that good men do nothing, " E.Burke

Very blessed w/ a wonderful husband, 3 great kids, 1 boxer, 2 cats, 1 EE, 1 Columbian, 5 BLRW, & 2 silkies. (and one horse:)
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post #8 of 11

I must say I like the idea of the window being the chicken door!  Nice looking coop!  Is that a sand pit under the hen house?


Edited by stubbornhill - 8/12/11 at 11:16am
Blessed to be the wife of a loving part time farmer, mother of two wonderful adult daughters (US Coast Guard & Department of State), grandmother of a beautiful grandaughter, sharing our home with 1 Black Lab, 1 house cat, 2 Jersey Steer, 1 Black Baldie Steer, 1 Hereford Heifer, 1 RIR, 1 Wyandotte, 3 Leghorn, 6 Speckled Sussex, 2 Australorp and 2 Partridge Rock.
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Blessed to be the wife of a loving part time farmer, mother of two wonderful adult daughters (US Coast Guard & Department of State), grandmother of a beautiful grandaughter, sharing our home with 1 Black Lab, 1 house cat, 2 Jersey Steer, 1 Black Baldie Steer, 1 Hereford Heifer, 1 RIR, 1 Wyandotte, 3 Leghorn, 6 Speckled Sussex, 2 Australorp and 2 Partridge Rock.
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I'm in Maine also smile Yes I plan on adding the sand tomorrow, good eye! Thanks, I'm probably way more excited than I should be-hahaha!

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is that good men do nothing, " E.Burke

Very blessed w/ a wonderful husband, 3 great kids, 1 boxer, 2 cats, 1 EE, 1 Columbian, 5 BLRW, & 2 silkies. (and one horse:)
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"All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is that good men do nothing, " E.Burke

Very blessed w/ a wonderful husband, 3 great kids, 1 boxer, 2 cats, 1 EE, 1 Columbian, 5 BLRW, & 2 silkies. (and one horse:)
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post #10 of 11

Coop looks great! I would personally add smaller sized fencing-(Not chicken wire) inside, below ground (or cinder blocks buried) and above your chain link, and also, elecrtic fencing top and bottom might be something to add at sometime.. As they say,"build it and they will come".  That space at the bottom looks like a neborah's dog could dig right under--fast.

Own- 1 Buckeye hen, 9- 13 week old barred plymouth rocks pullets,6-18 week rhode island reds, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Welsh Pembroke Corgi, and Jay-Jay the donkey, pasture protector. Wife to the chief coop builder for 25+ years, Mom to 1 DD, and Nana to grandson Blaine.
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Own- 1 Buckeye hen, 9- 13 week old barred plymouth rocks pullets,6-18 week rhode island reds, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Welsh Pembroke Corgi, and Jay-Jay the donkey, pasture protector. Wife to the chief coop builder for 25+ years, Mom to 1 DD, and Nana to grandson Blaine.
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