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do i need 6 nesting boxes if i have 6 chickens? HELP !!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sandrameissnest, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. sandrameissnest

    sandrameissnest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello,
    i have 2 ,4 month old chickens
    and i have also have 4, 4 week old chickens... do i need 6 nesting boxes?
    how many is enough>
    thanks for your help
    sandra
     
  2. berniezahm

    berniezahm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens will share nesting boxes. 6 nesting boxes for 6 hens would be overkill. Two or three is plenty. If you have three you will very likely find that one isn't used very often, if at all. Enjoy the girls. [​IMG]
     
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  3. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 or 2 would be plenty. a good rule of thumb is 1 nest for every 5 hens :)
     
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  4. sandrameissnest

    sandrameissnest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks so much for your help..we do have 3 :)
    i wanted to tell my husband already to prepare 3 more.. LOL
    thanks
     
  5. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    If you already have three nesting boxes, that will be more than enough for your hens. Even with three, they'll probably only use one - possibly two. When I first got 7 pullets, we had 2 nest boxes. They all used the same box - only occasionally using the other one.
     
  6. sandrameissnest

    sandrameissnest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok perfect,
    they should be in the dark right?
    i heard that chickens lay better in the dark
    is that true?
     
  7. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nests should be placed in the darkest corner of the coop to help prevent egg-eating, sleeping in/on top of nests, and encourage laying in nest boxes. Hens actually lay best given 14 hours of light per day, sunlight, artificial light, or, usually in winter, a combonation. contary to popular belief, darkness will not increase laying, no do hens lay better in darkness. they are however often attracted to any sort of three sided and roofed hollow, be it a nest box or an overturned feed barrel and are more likely to lay there.
     
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  8. HCFarms96

    HCFarms96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 hens and two boxes, and that works fine. They all lay in the same one, anyway.
     
  9. Crazyhenlady

    Crazyhenlady Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree even ONE would be fine:) They tend to prefer one over another anyways..:) good luck
     
  10. Farmin Momma

    Farmin Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Yep, agreed here too. I have 12 hens and was told when I got my first 5 that I needed one box for every two girls. I put in four boxes and........11 of them share one box, only one girl uses a different one! LOL
     

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