How many nest boxes?

hypnochyck

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 11, 2009
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Benicia, CA
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
 

horsejody

Squeaky Wheel
11 Years
Feb 11, 2008
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46
271
Waterloo, Nebraska
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.
 

Chicken Fruit

Songster
10 Years
Feb 25, 2009
1,507
12
173
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.
 

Chickapooh23

Songster
10 Years
Jan 31, 2009
353
1
129
Corning OH
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Funny. You need 1 box for every 4 hens so plan on 4-6 boxes. This is BYC home of hatchaholics.
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