Bantam using standard nest box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nugget, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Nugget

    Nugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As it sounds like my bantam game hen may be nearing our first egg, is it likely she will use the standard sized nest boxes we already have installed in the coop (about 14x14x12") or should we provide a small one for her?

    If so, could someone suggest a size?
    Thanks!!
     
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  2. llxll00llxll

    llxll00llxll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i keep my silkies in a 4x5 double box with a 2 1/2 x7 run yard covered with chicken wire... like a small patio for chickens [​IMG] one of my hens is brooding on 5 egges in one of the boxes... sounds like your silkies have a mini chicken castle! she should brood either way
     
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  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    She'll be fine using the standard size box. We only have banties and their nest boxes are 12" x 16" in the main coop.

    That's a golfball in the one on the left. [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Dawn
     
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they bantums will lay in whichever box they want my bantums lay in the biggest box and the standard hens lay in smallest boxes(sometimes 2or 3 crowd in at same time) Looks like the how many clowns can fit in the tiny car routine.
     
  5. Nugget

    Nugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies!
    What is the purpose of the golf balls? Obviously they're representing eggs, but what do they do? help show the hens where to lay?

    IIooII, it's the nest boxes I was wondering about, not the coop itself [​IMG] My coop is 8x6 feet. Not the palace it sounded like!
     
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Quote:You got it! [​IMG]

    The Mottled Cochins picked it right up...on the other hand, 2 out of 3 EE's prefer the litter )pine shavings) on the floor. One of their favorite spots is to make a nest right in front of the door that I use for access.

    Dawn
     

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