How Many Nest Boxes will i need?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chicken-Lover0808, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Chicken-Lover0808

    Chicken-Lover0808 Out Of The Brooder

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    How many nest boxes are reccomended for about 10 standard size hens? Should i give them there own box so theres no fighting or what???

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  2. Urban Chaos

    Urban Chaos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they dont each need their own box. Lots of times they like to use the same one, so 1 box to 3-4 birds is a good bet.
     
  3. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2011
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    Hi from Ga. 2or3 boxes should be plenty you will find it funny when 2or3 chickens stack up on top of each other trying to lay eggs in the same box.[​IMG]
     
  4. Really only two but 3 won't hurt. I personally would go with 3 nest boxes with 10 hens. You never know when your gonna get more chickens. [​IMG]
     
  5. They'll all use the same one. You'll see. Why did I make that many nest boxes? The question many of us have asked over the years.
     
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My laying hens use all their boxes.[​IMG]
     
  7. Erebus

    Erebus Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have 8 eggs a day at the moment and they all lay in the one box for the most part.

    I would say 2 (maybe 3) for 10 chickens, but they may pick a favourite and put them all there [​IMG]

    @7L Farm: How many girls do you have?
     
  8. the1honeycomb

    the1honeycomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made several nest boxes and encourage my broodies!!! one for eggs and 2 for the girls sitting, right now. and then with Chicken Math. . . you can add more later if you need them!!! HAHA
     
  9. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have 10 in that coop. They lay in every boxs except the one on the far left its blocked by the feeder.
     
  10. Chicken-Lover0808

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    Thank you all, ill probably put 3 nests boxes in there just to be safe. When i build it ill post pictures:))

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