How many chickens per nesting box?

pseudoyams

In the Brooder
10 Years
Sep 8, 2009
38
0
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I built a coop that has 5 nesting boxes. I am going to expand the coop as we are going to be getting 15 chix now. Should I add more nesting boxes in the new section or is 5 boxes for 15 chickens enough?

-Rob
 

Julie_A

Songster
11 Years
Apr 20, 2008
905
4
153
Brewton, Ala.
Sounds fine to me. I have about 20 chickens. Currently have 5 nest boxes. They have one favorite box. Most of them lay in that one!
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gkeesling

Songster
11 Years
Nov 24, 2008
398
1
129
Hagerstown, IN
I have 19 hens and had 4 nest boxes. they primarily use only 3 of them. I did build a 5th one, but it has yet to have an egg laid in it.
Is seems like you already have enough nest boxes.
 

joedie

Songster
10 Years
Mar 17, 2009
1,492
10
161
SW Indiana
I believe the rule of thumb is 4 birds per box but lijke th others have said, sometimes alot more use a favorite box.
 

ams3651

Songster
12 Years
Jan 23, 2008
3,343
15
223
NE PA
i have 8 hens and 2 boxes but they all used one so i took out the divider and now have one big box where they all lay.
 

RAREROO

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 22, 2009
4,517
66
254
Alapaha, Ga
Mine are about the same 10 hens in each pen only use 1 or 2 boxes. They tend to laying the nest that already has eggs in it, so if you could try to leave dummy eggs in all the nest boxes and they shouldn't really care which on they use. This might help prevent breakage from all the hens useing the same box.
 

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