Getting ready to build my coop...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wallis, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. Wallis

    Wallis Out Of The Brooder

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    and I'd like to know if my choice to put in four laying/nesting boxes for four pullets is an okay number. I know they share however I have ample room for that many. Thoughts, comments?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    A general rule of thumb if you have a few chickens is one nest for every four hens. If you have quite a few chickens, that can drop since they share.

    For four hens I’d use two. It will not hurt anything at all to have more but you won’t need them. You could probably get away with just one for four hens, but I like to have the extra flexibility two nests provides. Stuff happens when you deal with living animals.
     
  3. cknkids

    cknkids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]ditto
     
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  4. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always add more boxes than needed. If you have 4 chickens and only put in 1 nest box then what are you going to do if one of your hens go broody and is sitting in that box all day? I ran across this before when I first started with chickens. Alot of people will say the ratio is 4:1 but that didnt work for me. LOL I use the ratio 4: 2.
     
  5. Wallis

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    Thanks all...I've revamped my design and will put in 3 boxes...to start ;)
     
  6. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good idea.
     

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