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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 Songster

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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 Songster

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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 Songster

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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

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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 In 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

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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 Songster

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

    mgalll In 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

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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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