ENOUGH NEST BOXES??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Pine Roost, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Pine Roost

    Pine Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six 8 week old RIR's and three 1.5 yr old Bantams....just got Bantams last week and they aren't laying yet, getting used to the new environment I reckon. Right now I have 4 nest boxes (12"x15") because I initially thought I would only have 6 total...but now I have 9. Would yall recommend more boxes to accommodate the three new comers?
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I personally would add some more nest boxes.
     
  3. Missa Chickabee

    Missa Chickabee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really, Kevin? Gosh, maybe I need more too

    I had heard (read on the site here) that 1 box per 4 birds was enough.

    I have 18 hens and 6 boxes. How many more should I put in?

    Should I put a community box in instead of more single boxes? My girls are right their POL (all the fancy new abbrev's I'm learning. :)

    3 of 4 that are laying really do take their time in there. (Like some people's length of time in the room down the hall :) I've seen two leghorns in one nest at the same time but I only have 3 of those and the other 15 are Buff Orpies.

    Thanks in advance (don't mean to hijack here, but I guess we are all learning from each other's posts and replies)

    Missa
     
  4. mickey328

    mickey328 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Generally 1 box for about every 3 birds is good. We have two for our 6 chickens but they all use the same one anyway, LOL
     
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It really varies on each individual flock. Some people's flock work fine with lower ratio while others require more nesting positions. I only raise waterfowl so I'm sure it will vary for chickens.
     
  6. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thinks it depends on the situation. I have two nesting boxes for 5 chickens, but they all use the same one. If they are leaving half of them alone anyway more probably wont help.
     
  7. Missa Chickabee

    Missa Chickabee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gotcha. Thanks Kevin. I will keep an eye on them and provide more if it looks necessary. Doesn't take long to put something together.
     
  8. Pine Roost

    Pine Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. I may see how the four boxes work before I add more...because I would rather not build and install more if they would not be used.
     
  9. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For what it is worth - my first flock had 15 hens and four nest boxes. They typically all laid in one box or maybe a few eggs in a second box (when the line was too long, perhaps). There were often two hens in a box and sometimes three at one time - pretty impressive given that they are brahmas and are rather large. My second flock has seven hens and my father-in-law made a wonderful double-decker stack of nest boxes (8 in all). The hens only use two of the nest boxes. I think waiting to see if all the existing nest boxes are used is a good idea.
     
  10. Missa Chickabee

    Missa Chickabee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering #23 (I still just love your cat) do the hens use the upper or the lower boxes more?
     

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