does each hen need a nesting box? or should they share?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by adobechicks, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. adobechicks

    adobechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 nesting boxes built. wondering if I should get more. Planning on about 6 hens.
     
  2. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 should be good. 3/4 birds per box is the main thinking.
     
  3. adobechicks

    adobechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks :)
     
  4. Purdy

    Purdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 38 laying hens and 12 hen boxes
    They only use 4 of the boxes

    you should be okay for now
     
  5. Tandyh

    Tandyh New Egg

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    I have 11 boxes but invariably they try to get in the same few and all at the same time and I have 16 hens laying and 10 young pullets not yet laying
     
  6. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, each hen does not need a nesting box. Two should be fine for six hens :D
     
  7. bald egg

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    I have 7 hens and 3 boxes. They use 1 or 2 of them and switch day to day. Lol
     

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