How many nesting boxes??

missiguy

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I have 4 brahma hens, 3 bantam brahma hens, 5 jersey giant pullets, 1 australorp hen and 1-2 barred rock pullets. How many nesting boxes should I have in the coop?
 

aart

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I have 4 nests and have had up to 16 layers.
Put a fake egg in each nest to help 'spread the love'.
They use all the nests, tho there are daily favorites and sometimes traffic jam squabbles.
 

NatJ

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I have 4 brahma hens, 3 bantam brahma hens, 5 jersey giant pullets, 1 australorp hen and 1-2 barred rock pullets. How many nesting boxes should I have in the coop?
4-6 nestboxes until someone goes broody. (With that list of breeds, some will probably go broody.)

Then either move each broody to a wire cage for a few days to break the broodiness, or have one nest per broody plus a few more for the active layers to use.

A hen who needs to lay an egg may sit in the nest for a bit, but then she gets off an lets someone else have a turn. A broody hen wants the entire nest to herself, all day and all night.
 

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