How many hens to a nest box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by montana girl, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. montana girl

    montana girl Songster

    Aug 23, 2007
    Kalispell, Montana
    Hello all,
    I am new here and new to chickens : ) I have 3 pullets, about 21 weeks old and a 1.5 year old bantam silkie hen.

    The bantie is laying eggs, about one a day now and goes right into the nesting box...very studious and mannerly she is.

    I am wondering though, for when my others start laying, is the one nest box going to be enough?

    I have a small coop, an A frame with the run on the bottom. The nest box is about 2X1.

    Thanks so much for any help you can give me.

  2. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    One nest box will be enough for three hens, they will share!
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I have 3 hutches for my birds to lay in and each hutch has 4 good corner spots... they all seem to like the same spot... regardless if I have 8 layers or 20...
  4. thebifman

    thebifman In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2007
    Staten Island, NY
    I read on-line that about 4 or 5 hens could share 1 box, but I'm no expert!

  5. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    We have 4 laying boxes in the hen house but they will lay also on the top, my two leghorns will lay their eggs together, sometimes I will find as many as 3-4 eggs in a box. Others would lay in my garage so I had to put a box in there for a couple of my chickens.

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