hello, just curious how many laying boxes i might need

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  1. dcrow

    dcrow Out Of The Brooder

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    I am building a 4' X 8' coop with a 12' X 12' yard i plan on having 25 or so hens and was wondering how many laying boxes i might need i thought of building twenty but was think i might not need that many. thank you for your help and time
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    [​IMG] . I don't own Chickens but that seems like an awful lot of birds for that area. What breeds did you have in mind?
     
  3. dcrow

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    Well i hope to end up with twenty or less but i had 2 Brahma hens 1 roo given to me and 2 black hens i cant identify. i bought 5 white leghorns, 3 Welsumers, 2 Rode Island reds, 1 Easter egger, 4 Plymouth barred rocks, and have a friend hatching out 6 Black Copper Marrans
     
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    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    j and bs hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard 3-4 birds per hen box..... Welcome to BYC from BC!
     
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    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I made nice nesting boxes and also put a covered kitty litter box in my coop and lol - most of my 14 hens use the one kitty litter box to lay in. It's not big but, I often find more than one hen in there at a time and they are totally happy to share. They seem to like comunity nesting.
     
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    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  8. dcrow

    dcrow Out Of The Brooder

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    Thats funny and i guess answers my question thanks.
     
  9. marlo1968

    marlo1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is the size of my coop, but my run is about 10x16. I currently have 15 hens and soon will have another 8 hens and a roo joining them (they are currently only 5 1/2 weeks old, so a little longer before they can join the big girls) I have 8 nest boxes and it's plenty. Normally I find the majority of eggs in only one nest with a couple that have been laid in other nests. So with your number of hens, I would say you'd need only about 8, maybe 10 just to account for chicken math....
     
  10. dcrow

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    Thanks i was also wondering if my coop was a little small but now im not worried about it, and like i said i should end up with less as i have a couple freinds thinking of getting some chickens of their own, so i offerd to give them some of mine.
     

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