Does nest area have to be divided, or can it just be one open space?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pcvbarry, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. pcvbarry

    pcvbarry Out Of The Brooder

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    As we endeavour with our first coop, my husband and I debate about the nest area. I've only read about individual nest boxes (for example, the nest area is 1x4, so we put in divider walls to make 3 or 4 nests), but he says we can just leave the whole 1x4 space open (with a short wall in front to keep material/eggs in) and the hens will nestle right in.

    Does anyone know the "right" answer? Or at least have a preference?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Most people like the individual nesting boxes, but what your husband is talking about is called a community nesting box. The hens will probably lay in it without a problem.
     
  3. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that the unseperated nest boxes would work fine. Both will work but you could save some time and materials by leaving them unseperated.
     
  4. Chauntecleer's Keeper

    Chauntecleer's Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The community box would probably work great. You can always add dividers later if you need to.
     
  5. 4biddies

    4biddies Out Of The Brooder

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    I use a communal nest box, and my hens seem quite content w/ that setup, fyi.
     
  6. GaDawg

    GaDawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have both and my hens prefer the ones that are divided and will only use the community one if the others are full. I will be putting in a divider soon.
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2009
  7. raneydayfarm

    raneydayfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband over does everything and made about fifteen nest boxes for our hens, and they only use three of them, go figure. I would think that the communal nest box would work okay, I guess it's just a matter of preference.
     
  8. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

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    My 3 girls share 1 small dog house as a nest box. [​IMG]
     
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I have 7 nest boxes and my hens only use two of them. Go figure.
     
  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    We changed to a community nesting area and it's worked better for us.
     

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