Thanks very much for the tips! I am a first time chicken lady so I wasn't too sure about the perch. Pinterest showed them made both ways, so I'll keep an eye out and change it the other way when they are older. The picture was taken a few weeks ago - their first night in the coop was below 0 and frost, so we had it up that night so I could sleep knowing they would be warm on the sand as they weren't too sure about the perch. The lamp is gone now. How many chickens will use one nesting box in your opinion? I told hubby I only wanted 4 for 10 birds, but he made six. I pointed out that the ledge doesn't reach all the way across so we may have to add it later but hopefully they will be happy with 4 boxes. Thanks again for all your insight! Designing the coop was my biggest stressors because I couldn't find good info on the Internet
You are most welcome! Some folks take recommendations as a personal affront so I do my best to just read and move along... Glad you took them in the manner intended You'll find that they will most likely only use 2-3 of the boxes at most. They like to lay where somebody else already has, so after the first lays, the rest will tend to go to that box as well. Typically you can figure 3-5 birds per nest box. You may have one or two who will only use 1 particular box and they will fight over it or the dominant/senior hen will get it first followed by the lower stature hen. The rest will go to whichever box has the first egg laid in it. I have some that won't even use the nest box... I have a triplet that always lay in the same corner, on the floor in the litter. I have another group who thinks they're turtles and bury their eggs, thankfully, generally in the same place.
Relax, you did great! Your birds have a nice secure, out of the weather place to call home, and an obviously caring owner. Life for a chicken doesn't get much better than that!