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How many nest boxes do I need?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Russo's Roost, May 26, 2009.

  1. Russo's Roost

    Russo's Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was under the assumption I needed one nest box per chicken, I bought a house with a coop already built and the past owner told me 2 nest boxes were plenty for 6 girls. Can someone verify this for me. We are about ready to put the girls in the coop and I don't want to have to scramble at the last minute.
     
  2. Lee

    Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, one nest for about 4 hens. but, don't be surprised if they all want to lay in the same one. [​IMG]
     
  3. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All 8 of my laying hens use 1 of the 4 nest boxes we built, so I would say 2 is plenty.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2009
  4. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well i have 50 chickens and 3 different nest boxes that have 12 holes each and they use 4 out of all of them and if one of my chickens decide to sit they all want to use that one for some reason!
     
  5. RIVERRAT

    RIVERRAT Out Of The Brooder

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    16 HENS BUILT 8 REAL NICE BOXES. HANGING ON WALL. THEY ALL LAY IN OLD SODA BOX ON FLOOR
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    2 nestboxes are for sure plenty for 6 hens [​IMG]

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  7. 88heather

    88heather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is good to know! [​IMG] we are building a coop now.. we have 6 chicks.. supposed to be all hens.. but we'll see! heh.. and we have 3 nesting boxes .. so I guess we also have plenty!! Yay!
     
  8. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG]:lau:lau:lau
     
  9. mgalll

    mgalll Out Of The Brooder

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    finishing up my new coop, we have 12 hens, and i built 4 nests, should be just fine
     
  10. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 11 hens (only 7 are laying age though) and have 3 nesting boxes. They only use two of them though....sometimes they insist on all laying in the same one. [​IMG]
     

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