Coop Designs » Chicken Nesting Boxes
nesting boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The basic idea is to have
a dry, clean and relatively dark area where your hens can lay their eggs. Here
are some of the basics for a good nesting box:
- One nesting box for every 2-4 hens.
- Size: Nest boxes should be big enough for your hen to stand in comfortably.
Usually 12 x 12 x 12 inches is adequate, but building bigger is usually a
- Nesting material: Many people use either wood shavings (pine usually) or
straw. We personally suggest dry wood shavings over straw.
- Often a roost bar or step is added in front of the box to give the hen a
place to jump to before entering the nest box. Also a "lip" is added
to the front of the nesting box to keep the bedding material and/or eggs from
being pushed out.
- Sloped top: You don't want your chickens to roost (sleep) on top of their
nesting boxes (that would be a big mess). We suggest angling the top of the
nest box to disuade hens from being able to roost on or above the nest boxes.
- Most people like to raise their nest boxes up off the ground. Just make
sure they aren't too high that the hens have a hard time accessing them and
that they arne't higher than the roosts or you'll have hens sleeping inside
the nest boxes.
Here is an example of "insidel" and "ouside" chicken nesting
boxes (submitted by our chicken forum community).