How many nesting boxes for 20 chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 2chickenrich, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. 2chickenrich

    2chickenrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have 20 hens. or will have after we give some to family. 29 now. they are 14 weeks old.
     
  2. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that one box for every 4 or 5 hens is sufficient.

    I'm planning to have one for every 3 or 4 hens so if I get more (OK when I get more [​IMG] ) I'll still have enough.
     
  3. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd make 2 rows of 3 nest boxes stacked on top of each other with a 45 degree top so they can't roost on top of them and get poop all over the place.
     
  4. EliteTempleton

    EliteTempleton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4.
     
  5. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 19 hens ...one Roo...maybe 12 are laying .....I have four boxes and they use only two....
     
  6. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I built 20 boxes for 26 hens. That is WAY to many. the seem to pick nests & every one takse turns using it . 4 or 5 would be enouhh for mine, But i just like having more.[​IMG]
     
  7. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say 4 as well. I've got 7 girls and 2 boxes, they only use one though!
     
  8. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in agreement, I'd have 5 boxes for 20 hens. And they'll use maybe 2. [​IMG]
     
  9. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have ten boxes for 22 hens. (DH and pal made that executive decision...) My hens use 3 boxes and a pile of hay in the corner!
     
  10. ROC4K

    ROC4K Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 for 28. Cleanest place in the coop right now. Stacked 3 on top of 4.
     

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