How many chickens per nesting box?

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  1. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 or 9 nesting boxes (need to go look) so how many chickens can I have in my flock? I have 11 full grown hens now and 6 chicks (hopefully pullets). Was thinking of getting 3 more chicks for an even 20 chickens. Do I have enough nesting boxes?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I think it's one box per 3-5 hens. More than likely they will all try using the same 2-3 boxes though. You should be okay.
     
  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I have 20 chickens and 6 nesting boxes. They all STILL use just 3 of them. <sigh> Sometimes there's a line waiting with their legs crossed, sometimes one will just jump in on top of another and lay. Silly chickens!
     
  4. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol yes mine also have 3 favorite boxes. I have walked in mid day with 2 chickens in one box haha. Mostly my 2 light brahmas shoved in one box -_-
     
  5. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Oh, me too! I've had two Brahmas in one nest on many an occasion!
     
  6. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The answer is 32. A box for every four hens. They do have their favorites. I have a box on the floor of my one coop and all seven of last years pullets us it, not the nests on the wall.

    Another question would be, do I have enough room in the coop for them.
     
  7. CGilbert

    CGilbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's 2 of my girls using the same one, peeking out through the port hole. I set up 3 nest boxes because I can house up to 20 chickens in this coop. I had 5 girls all using 1 of the nest boxes. Never used the other 2
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Last year I pulled 4 polish hens out of one box, it was like a magic act.
     
  9. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :lol:
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    And a very good question indeed.

    For those with nest 'crowding' or waiting in line.....fake eggs/golf balls kept in the nests at all times can help 'spread the love'.
     

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