how many nest boxes do I need for twelve hens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kulyks, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Kulyks

    Kulyks Out Of The Brooder

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    Basically, title says all. I was wondering whether I need a nest box for each hen, or if they'll take turns laying in just a few boxes. Right now, I have twelve pullets, about 3 and a half months old.
    (My second question is when they'll start laying.)
     
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    2 to 3 nestboxes will be more than sufficent for 12 birds
     
  3. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Agree! They will take turns, and they will all lay at slightly different times. If you want, you can make a fourth just to be sure in case you get a broody or two.
     
  4. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right! One nest for every three or four birds is plenty.
     

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