do i need to divide my nesting box if i want 2 chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Steven0150, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Steven0150

    Steven0150 In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2010
    do i need to divide my nestiing box for 2 chickens if i have enough room for 2.
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Not necessarily. Some folks have "community" nest boxes, with no dividers.
  3. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Songster

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    nesting boxes are often shared as the hens don't all lay at the same time. Also, often one or two particular nestboxes become the most popular and the chickens will 'stand in line' for the favorite or get in with another chicken..... I have 4 nesting boxes for 6 girls and one does not get used at all. If you have a broody sitting on eggs she should have her own 'private' spot I guess. I think the rule of thumb is 1 nesting box for ???2-4 hens....somebody please verify but I know that one nest per hen is not needed.
  4. Steven0150

    Steven0150 In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2010
    cool thanks guys.
  5. Momnpop2010

    Momnpop2010 In the Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    One nest box can be used for up to 4 hens
  6. juelz1380

    juelz1380 In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2010
    [​IMG] when we first started our coop i asked the same question.... 1 ft nesting boxes are good for 6 chickens... or so i read in a magazine... We have 21 chickens right now and we are doing a total of 4 nesting boxes... Much luck to u!
  7. missychicky

    missychicky Songster

    Jun 10, 2009
    Milwuakie. OR
    If you get two boxes your girls will fight over the same one anyway,I have seven chickens and they all use the same box!
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2010

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