A couple of nesting box questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MiaPia, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. MiaPia

    MiaPia Out Of The Brooder

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    How high off the ground should a nesting box be place?

    How many nesting boxes for 7 chickens?

    I keep reading conflicting information on this, so I thought I'd throw the question out there and see what y'all are doing. [​IMG]
     
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  2. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    your nestboxes can be 3 to 3.5ft off the ground.an for 7 hens id put in 3 nextboxes tobe safe.
     
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the reason for conflicting info is that there is no set standard, most say a foot off the ground but lower than thier roost(they tend to want to roost as high as possible) so they dont roost in nest box

    some have had success with boxes on the ground

    Most books recommend 1 box for each 5 hens, but you can have more boxes and all seven may use the same one. I would risk having too many rather than not enough.

    I think chickens will adjust to whatever you give them.


    Also you can use whatever you want in the nest box as bedding, some will say it should be straw some insist on woodshaving, some say paper, so like most things, whatever you have available will probably work, and what works for mine may not work for you, most things are juss guidelines or sudjestions, Their is no right or wrong, just a what has worked for the person answering.
     
  4. MiaPia

    MiaPia Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the help! [​IMG]
     

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