1 giant next box?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by meli229, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. meli229

    meli229 Out Of The Brooder

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    In my current hen house, regardless of having multiple next boxes to choose from, two hens often shove together in 1 box. I'm in progress of building a new coop, and had a thought on the nesting boxes. Instead of doing 5 small boxes, what if I just do 1 big long box? Has anyone tried this, or do you think the walls between the boxes make them feel better?

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  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many birds do you have? The general rule is 1 box for every 4 birds. They need to feel sort of safe and cozy in it so I wouldn't make it too huge.
     
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    I currently have 8 hens
     
  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would do two boxes total for 8 hens. I have 2 boxes for 6. They still tend to lay all in one but occasionally I find 1 egg in the other.
     

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