how many nest boxes do i need per hen

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by embochner, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. embochner

    embochner New Egg

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    i just started to build my coop, and i want to make sure i build enough nest boxes per hen ho many do i need?
     
  2. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 nest box per 3 or 4 hens is fine.
     
  3. embochner

    embochner New Egg

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    so if i have 4-6 hens two nest boxes will be fine?
     
  4. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 11 hens and they all like to lay in the same nest. If that nest is pretty full they'll use a second one, but never a third. I kind of wasted my time building four! [​IMG]
     
  5. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be perfect. I have 4 nest boxes in my coop and 9 hens. They only use 2 of the boxes. The other two I have never found and egg in.
     
  6. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 is probably 1 more than what they will use. I would give them the second one just in case one decides to go broody.
     

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