How many nesting boxes for 4 chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by NS2A, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. NS2A

    NS2A Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2007
    I have 4 Buff orpingtons. How many next boxes (sections) should I make for them? I was thinking 12"x12"x12" per bird would work, but not sure if they "share" a box or not.

    Any help is appreciated!
  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:You probably only need 2. I have 23 pullets and 8 boxes. I only have 6 laying right now but all 6 of them use the same 2 boxes every day.
  3. jenichick

    jenichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2007
    If that's all your ever going to have then two boxes is all you need. If you ever plan on getting more then plan accordingly! (honestly you really only need one for every three birds I think) they love to share!
  4. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    They love to share, but sure fuss a lot when they want to use the nest that a fellow hen is using at that moment. I have 16 nesting boxes for 47 hens and they use a total of 5. It's crazy I swear.

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