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ratio for nesting box

post #1 of 6
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If the ratio for the nesting boxes are 1 for every 5-8 hens where do they all sleep.
I know in our coup that we have five hens and a rooster and at night
If u go in there that the hens are in the boxes. ( but we have 13 of them). Thats how we are going off how many we should have??
post #2 of 6
They should sleep on roosts if you have them, if they sleep in the nest boxes, they tend to poop in em
Mother of 2 boys, wife to a wonderful man who stays at home with the kids, while I work full time.
We have 3 dogs, and a closed flock of 60+ chickens. A lot of hens, and 2 roos. Just added 6 Mallards this spring, 3 ducks 3 drakes.
Hatched out 45 chicks, counted 9 girls so far!
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Mother of 2 boys, wife to a wonderful man who stays at home with the kids, while I work full time.
We have 3 dogs, and a closed flock of 60+ chickens. A lot of hens, and 2 roos. Just added 6 Mallards this spring, 3 ducks 3 drakes.
Hatched out 45 chicks, counted 9 girls so far!
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post #3 of 6

This is an interesting factoid....... I thought you needed as many boxes as you have hens....... Must do further research on this.

post #4 of 6

Chickens usually sleep at the highest point they can reach in the coop. So most of us add a roost that sits higher than the nest boxes.

1 Silkie, 2 Polish, 2 Americana, 1 Corgi, 1 Cairn terrier, 1 Cat
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1 Silkie, 2 Polish, 2 Americana, 1 Corgi, 1 Cairn terrier, 1 Cat
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post #5 of 6

I believe the math is 4 chickens to a nest box  I built 4 in my coop and only have 8 birds going on 7 cause one so far is turning out to be a boy..

Who knew this would be come an addiction!  I currently have 13 hens and 1 large light brahma rooster. We also have somelittle ones but as I have learned here they don't count.  I have started building coops to Sell.  I have come up with a company name Olde Tyme Coops hopefully it works out!

 

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Who knew this would be come an addiction!  I currently have 13 hens and 1 large light brahma rooster. We also have somelittle ones but as I have learned here they don't count.  I have started building coops to Sell.  I have come up with a company name Olde Tyme Coops hopefully it works out!

 

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post #6 of 6

Nesting box to chicken ratios are kind of funny. If you provide more boxes they still only use one. We have a coop that could hold eight chickens so have two nesting boxes attached. They all lay in one, sometimes all lay in the other. On the rare occasion a hen is taking far to long and the next in line just can't wait. It like having two bathrooms, you really only need the one excepting for emergencies and convenience.

Even chickens dare to hatch an egg.
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Even chickens dare to hatch an egg.
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