Again, nesting boxes

cravenchx

Songster
8 Years
Aug 7, 2011
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Piedmont of NC
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?
 

Czech's_chicks

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Jul 24, 2011
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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!!
 

cravenchx

Songster
8 Years
Aug 7, 2011
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Piedmont of NC
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!​
 

kuntrygirl

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Feb 20, 2008
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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
They just don't use all of them.
 

stilldeb

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May 28, 2010
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NW Kentucky
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.
 

Mattemma

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Aug 12, 2009
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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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