How many nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hypnochyck, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. hypnochyck

    hypnochyck Out Of The Brooder

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    Do I need one nest box per hen or do they share? I plan on having only about 6 or 7 hens, how many nest boxes are needed?
    Starting plans to build the coop this weekend and need to know what to do.
    Thanks,
    Nancy from California
     
  2. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need 1 nest box for every 4 hens. You need 2 nest boxes.
     
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I have 8 nest boxes. 10 hens are of laying age. They all try to use the same box. When a hen gets desperate and can't wait her turn she may lay in the box right next to it. The rest go unused.
     
  4. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bagdad KY
    Quote:same here.
     
  5. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    The general rule of thumb is 3 birds to a box.. but honestly, unless some hen has gone furiously broody and just will not share, they all use the same box... lol.

    Put in two to be safe, three if you're really worried.
     
  6. hypnochyck

    hypnochyck Out Of The Brooder

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    You guys rock!! Thank you!!
     
  7. Chickapooh23

    Chickapooh23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] Funny. You need 1 box for every 4 hens so plan on 4-6 boxes. This is BYC home of hatchaholics. [​IMG]
     

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