Buliding nest boxes, how much is enough???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by k2chickens, May 17, 2009.

  1. k2chickens

    k2chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    we are anticipateing at least 8 hen's of the 12 young chicks we have now. How many nest boxes would be appropriate for 6 to 8 hen's??

    I was going to add them on to the Coop we just bought today. I was thinking 3 boxes on each side......is this too many or not enough??
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    For 6-8 hens 2 nest boxes should be enough, more is OK.

  3. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    You'd probably be fine with 2 boxes (total) but 3 would be good.

    When we had 11 layers, we had 4 boxes, and they'd put about 7 eggs in a single box each day. Ours only use the extra boxes if the 'good' box is occupied.
  4. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    1 1/2 boxes.[​IMG]:lau I've got 7 hens, 15 boxes & everyday I go out and there is 1 hen on top of the other hen in the same box trying to lay their eggs. Also I have watched them stand in line for that same one box ! All the boxes are exactly the same, so go figure. Next time I will just make one box but double the size.
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I only have 4 hens, with 3 bucket nests. They won't share. I find 1 egg in each nest, and if there is a fourth egg its outside a bucket.

    Imp-I think they don't like each others decorating.
    Last edited: May 17, 2009
  6. Kitchenella

    Kitchenella Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 11, 2008
    Beitar Illit, Israel
    I have 3 hens and one large nest box made from a cardboard carton that sits on the foor of the coop. They all use it and often there are two in it at a time.

  7. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2008
    Gavilan Hills, CA
    Have 18 hens which only used 3 boxes even though I had 6 nest boxes.
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    2 is enough.
  9. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    2 is fine but you will prob find out they will perfer the same box to lay in.
  10. jjdward

    jjdward How bout them DAWGS!

    May 4, 2009
    Buchanan, Georgia
    I have 25 hens and they only use 3 or 4. Who knows?
    Last edited: May 18, 2009

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