How many nest boxes do I need

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sgoff, May 28, 2011.

  1. sgoff

    sgoff Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 11 pullets that should start laying in about 30 days. how many nest boxes do I need?

    Thanks
     
  2. Badbaby05

    Badbaby05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say 3 [​IMG]
     
  3. Fritatta

    Fritatta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote for 4. you can stack em.
     
  4. BookWorm243

    BookWorm243 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2010
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    A rule of thumb is about 3 hens per box. I think that 4 boxes would be a good number. [​IMG]
     
  5. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

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    2 maybe 3
    usually it calls fot 1 nest box per 5 chickens
     
  6. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All 6 of my hens pile into one "favorite" box, and complain loudly when its taken. I've seen them double stacked in there laying, even though there is a empty, perfectly good next box 3 feet away.

    I'd probably make 3 or 4, but don't be surprised when they only use one!
     
  7. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    I have 5 boxes for 9 hens, but they always argue over and use only 2 of them [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  8. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 13 hens and had 3 nest boxes. No issues. I'd generally find most of the eggs in one or two of them. Saw some double laying going on, but not much.
     
  9. sgoff

    sgoff Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! Amazed at this forum... Posted my inquiry last night and had 7 answers this morning. Wow! again..... looks like I'll make 3 and see if thats enough!
     
  10. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    I have 3 boxes for 8 hens, and they all want to use the same two. One has never been used except in an emergency.
     

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