How many nesting boxes for 5 hens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jbrianchamberli, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. jbrianchamberli

    jbrianchamberli Songster

    May 13, 2014
    Google searches show 1 box for 4 hens so I was thinking of 2 but I have space for a 3rd. What's ideal?

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  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Songster

    Feb 15, 2017
    I would go with 3 if you have the space, everyone on this site ends up with more chickens eventually.
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Songster

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    We have 6 chickens and 3 nesting boxes. They pretty much only use 2 at a time. There has never been eggs in all 3 boxes on any given day, only 2. They use all 3 eventually though. I've always wondered how/why they choose certain ones.
  4. Howard E

    Howard E Songster

    Feb 18, 2016
    From an industry standard, technical aspect 1 nest box per 4 to 5 hens. So maybe 2 for you? I have 3 boxes for 9 birds and they use all three. It should be good for a dozen birds. If the house went to a capacity of 24 birds, I'd add a second bank of nests above the first.


    Unknown to me, the pop door blew shut the other day, blocking entrance for a few hours in the morning. What caught my eye was 4 birds doing laps around the house, trying to get in. They were looking pretty anxious. Once the door opened, three of them piled in to the three nests and since mine are 14" x 14", the 4th bird joined the one in the middle for duels.

    One of my markers for clueless construction is how many nest boxes per bird. The all time worst I've seen so far was a 4' x 4' coop built on TV by the buys on Good Old House. It was suited for maybe 4 birds at most, yet they installed a bank of 6 nest boxes. That coop was a train wreck all around. A well built train wreck, but a poorly designed train wreck just the same.

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