3 boxes, 20 chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wbruder17, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Since having chickens, I notice they all want to lay in the same box. So, as my chicken math has exploded, will 3 nests still be enough for all of the chickens (when they all finally start laying again)? The coop itself, where they sleep, is big enough for about 30, and they are outside 365 days a year....they are never "cooped up". So, they only go in the coop to sleep and lay. Do they need more nest boxes? Or will they just wait their turn?

  2. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I'd go with 5 hens per nest ratio or you may find they lay on the floor. And I can hardly break them of that once they start.
  3. I just replied to another nesting box post. I have 8 currently laying, and they wait their turns for 1 box.... [​IMG]
  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    If they're outside, they will probably find other places to lay. [​IMG] Free ranging our chooks has led to all sorts of interesting escapades battling the undergrowth... [​IMG]
    They'll probably wait their turn though, if everyone's laying in the same nest. Mine do that too.
  5. Lindz

    Lindz Chirping

    Jul 8, 2011
    Eastern Iowa
    I have 9 hens and 5 boxes. They use 2 of them.

  6. pkazakidis

    pkazakidis Hatching

    Jul 13, 2010
    I have 20 layers and they all lay in the same nest.The second never gets used.I get 18-20 eggs a day. Every other day or so I will get one on the floor
  7. donnavee

    donnavee Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Central NC
    I have 6 boxes and 20 chickens - 8 of which are currently laying. They use 4 of the 6 boxes and one girl will only lay behind a bale of hay in the duck yard. If I lock the door, she lays on the ground outside the duckyard fence. I don't know how to get her laying in the boxes, stubborn little girl.

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