How big should my nest boxes be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by barg, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    I just got 4 chicks (2 black australorp, 2 dominiques)and i'm designing a coop.
    These are my first chickens and I need info on nest box dimensions.
    The question I posted in the subject line is answerd on the main website as follows:

    "For larger breeds, a box 12" high, 12" deep and 14" high is fine"

    Are the 2 height demensions on purpose or is this a typo, and if it is a typo what are the actual demensions needed?

    Being a master of typo's myself, my first thought was that this must be the case, but the noob that I am, maybe I'm missing something.

    Pardon any spelling errors [​IMG]
  2. hypnojessi

    hypnojessi In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2007
    Troy, MO
    In "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens", it says for normal standard birds, you can go 14" high x 12"wide x 12"deep. For larger birds, you want it to be 14" high x 14" wide x 12" deep.
  3. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Thanks alot! [​IMG]
  4. jhammett

    jhammett In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2013
    wow I missed that I just built mine 12" high X 12" deep X 18" wide. 5 boxes on an 8' stretch all one piece. Will this work or should I rebuild?
  5. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Westfield, Indiana
    You are fine. You just have executive nest boxes! [​IMG]

  6. It should be pretty big but to to to big! So I say for LF hens ( Large Fowl hens) 14 x 14 x 14 :)

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