Community nest box

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LD Jackson, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. LD Jackson

    LD Jackson Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    Roland, OK
    I am still thinking through how I am going to build my nest boxes. I wonder if anyone here has used a community nest box? I thought about building one the size of four nests and leaving the dividers out.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. greenbottle27

    greenbottle27 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2011
    Southern NJ
    I believe my next box would be considered communal [​IMG] it is 3'x12"x12" (approximate). Don't know how it'll work cause I do't have any chicks yet, but it is what I'm gonna run with [​IMG] I might need a little lip to keep the stuffings in, but that is an easy add on.... to the honey-do list [​IMG]O


  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Ours is a community box the size of 3 nest boxes. There is a small divider with a U shaped door way to make a slightly single box incase anyone just has to sit. Otherwise they all share and it works well for us.
  5. LD Jackson

    LD Jackson Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    Roland, OK
    Well, he who loves to search the forum failed to do so this time. Didn't even think about, to be honest.

    Most of the ones I have seen mentioned have flaps over the opening. I do not plan to use a flap. It will be the length of four nests and open across the front.
  6. Kudzu

    Kudzu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    We have five hens that had the run of 8 nest boxes; we saw we did not need all them. Closed 4 and they have access to 4, nine times out of ten they lay in one box. Every now and then we find a stray, but it is always in the same stray nest. So, and I am no eggspert, but I think one large box would be hunky dory.
  7. truebuilt76

    truebuilt76 New Egg

    Mar 30, 2012
    Cedar City, Utah
    I choose to do a community nesting box and IMO it's the only way to go. I have one mothering hen that will sit on the eggs all day long. This is fantastic if you have any hens that tend to be egg-eaters. Because of a box with no dividers she is able to move the eggs into a pile. I have found her sitting on as many as 7-8 eggs at one time.

    I have 11 hens. The nesting box is 48"x14".
  8. Fur & Feathers

    Fur & Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2011
    My Coop
    yep,mine is a community nest box [if click on 'my coop' will see the outside of the coop/run],it came with partitions but the cochins had all grown up very close and they showed which option they clearly prefered,out the partitions came.:p
    use a nestbox which always has the option of partitions being slid back in if the chickens ever prefer being seperate.
  9. farmerfogg

    farmerfogg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    I have noticed that my girl's tend to take turns laying their eggs in the same box. We have two next boxes, but they tend to only use one.
  10. Vicky2479

    Vicky2479 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2012
    Mine all lay in the same box so I can't see any reason why a communal box would work, in fact I may take the dividers out of mine and see what happens, I wonder if it would stop the hen that stands there singing the egg song till she it is her turn. :)

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