Communal nest box.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kano, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you think of "communal nest".?? I mean that long box without divisions.
     
  2. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

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    They work great. Just if you have broodies I'd add a temporary divider
     
  3. journey11

    journey11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen it done and the chickens don't seem to mind. You'd still want it quiet, dark, out of the way. I have divided nest boxes and I've seen my girls on several occasions squeeze 2 into the same nest, because they have a "favorite" spot and both want it at the same time! [​IMG]
     
  4. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a communal box that fits 3 birds (4 if they squeeze in, and sometimes they do). It works great.
     
  5. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks a lot. I have to rebuilt the nest boxes and the idea was rounding me. How long should it be for 12 to 14 hens?
     
  6. babyblue

    babyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the head hen will picke her fav nest box and then every single girl will fight over that exact spot. so for me I just laughed when dh build three box's...because I knew only one would ever get used.
     
  7. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'd make a trough - like 5-6 ft. Mine is around 2 ft. and they cuddle in there together. But I only have 4...
    Make it big or else you might get broken eggs.
     

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