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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sgoff, May 28, 2011.
I have 11 pullets that should start laying in about 30 days. how many nest boxes do I need?
I would say 3
I vote for 4. you can stack em.
A rule of thumb is about 3 hens per box. I think that 4 boxes would be a good number.
2 maybe 3
usually it calls fot 1 nest box per 5 chickens
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!
I have 5 boxes for 9 hens, but they always argue over and use only 2 of them
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.
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!
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.