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do i need 6 nesting boxes if i have 6 chickens? HELP !!

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

hello,

i have 2 ,4 month old chickens

and i have also have 4, 4 week old chickens... do i need 6 nesting boxes?

how many is enough>

thanks for your help

sandra

post #2 of 10

Hens will share nesting boxes. 6 nesting boxes for 6 hens would be overkill. Two or three is plenty. If you have three you will very likely find that one isn't used very often, if at all. Enjoy the girls. smile.png

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I'm an old coot, but happy just the same.
Do something: lead, follow, or get out of the way!
Keeper of 200+ Chickens and other fowl and 3 LGs and a Sportsman 1202 full most of the time.

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post #3 of 10

1 or 2 would be plenty. a good rule of thumb is 1 nest for every 5 hens :)

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We're in the process of assembling our LF Wheaten Ameraucana flock!

NPIP tested flock

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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

thanks so much for your help..we do have 3 :)

i wanted to tell my husband already to prepare 3 more.. LOL

thanks

 

post #5 of 10

If you already have three nesting boxes, that will be more than enough for your hens.  Even with three, they'll probably only use one - possibly two.  When I first got 7 pullets, we had 2 nest boxes.  They all used the same box - only occasionally using the other one.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

ok perfect,

they should be in the dark right?

i heard that chickens lay better in the dark

is that true?

post #7 of 10

nests should be placed in the darkest corner of the coop to help prevent egg-eating, sleeping in/on top of nests, and encourage laying in nest boxes. Hens actually lay best given 14 hours of light per day, sunlight, artificial light, or, usually in winter, a combonation. contary to popular belief, darkness will not increase laying, no do hens lay better in darkness. they are however often attracted to any sort of three sided and roofed hollow, be it a nest box or an overturned feed barrel and are more likely to lay there.


Edited by tinychicky - 2/18/12 at 11:49pm

Crow's Roost Farm

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We're in the process of assembling our LF Wheaten Ameraucana flock!

NPIP tested flock

Proud member of the SCNA

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Crow's Roost Farm

 Seramas, D'anvers, Easter Eggers

We're in the process of assembling our LF Wheaten Ameraucana flock!

NPIP tested flock

Proud member of the SCNA

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post #8 of 10

I have 8 hens and two boxes, and that works fine. They all lay in the same one, anyway.

 

 

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post #9 of 10

I agree even ONE would be fine:) They tend to prefer one over another anyways..:) good luck

post #10 of 10

D.gif Yep, agreed here too. I have 12 hens and was told when I got my first 5 that I needed one box for every two girls. I put in four boxes and........11 of them share one box, only one girl uses a different one! LOL

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Proud Momma of 5 wonderful children. Support from the greatest husband at my side. Kept company by a Great Dane, Mastiff and a Dane/Lab/Shepherd mix. Pest control from 2 cats, Pigs now in the freezer. Turkeys didn't make it past the Hollidays. Many breakfasts and lots of laughs and great times provided by over 30 adult LF chickens of many breeds! Now on our adventure to buy a new Farm.

 

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