Again, nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cravenchx, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 13 hens, 1 roo, my husband
    thinks we need more than 4 nesting boxes,
    I think we only need 3 at the most.
    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Czech's_chicks

    Czech's_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could have one for each hen and they will probably only use the same one. I have 30 hens and I have 10 nesting boxes and they use 2, and a spot in the bushes and under a pallet leaning against the wall. They go where the want to go!!
     
  3. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Czech's_chicks :

    You could have one for each hen and they will probably only use the same one. I have 30 hens and I have 10 nesting boxes and they use 2, and a spot in the bushes and under a pallet leaning against the wall. They go where the want to go!!

    And no way to stop them! I think I will convince to
    have no more than 3! Thanks!​
     
  4. redeye roy

    redeye roy Out Of The Brooder

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    i have 10 hens 4 nest boxs and they use 3 of 4[​IMG]
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I think you are good with what you have. They won't use all of them. I have 100+ chickens and I have about 30 nesting boxes and I sometimes find as many as 10 eggs in 1 nesting box every day [​IMG] They just don't use all of them.
     
  6. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 10 hens in one coop and it has 6 nesting boxes. I always find all of the eggs in one box, except one of my Brahmas lays across the coop by herself, so I think you are good, except maybe when everybody goes broody or something.
     
  7. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    I have seven hens.Those that lay in the am use the milk crate in the chicken shed(while locked up).When I take them to the back yard they all use the booda litter box nester in the lean- to even though I have a milk crate and a wicker laundry basket. I think I read one nest box per 3 hens.Lol,sometimes I had 2 hens in the booda box!The hens would fight ove the one milk crate even though I had 2 more set up!
     

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