How many nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dale D., Jul 26, 2011.

  1. Dale D.

    Dale D. New Egg

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    I have been looking at coops for my back yard. Most designs say they will accommodate 4 to 6 chickens but they only have 2 nesting boxes [​IMG]. Is that enough for 4 hens?
    I will be receiving 4 pullets. 2 Black Copper Marans and 2 Naked Neck-Turken.
    Dale
     
  2. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    [​IMG] and [​IMG]

    Two nest boxes for 4 chickens is plenty. I have 4 nest boxes for 6 hens and they all use the same one ~ sometimes up to 3 at a time in the same box! [​IMG]

    Be careful and check the square footage of those coops. Often the people who sell those coops exaggerate the number of chickens that will comfortably fit into their coops. Besides "chicken math" may come up later!
     
  3. dfclimber

    dfclimber Out Of The Brooder

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    2 boxes for 5 hens
     
  4. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes thats Good! Hi, from big bear, you'll love all the info you get here! [​IMG]
     
  5. Dale D.

    Dale D. New Egg

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    Wow!! That was quick and painless:).
    Thank you!
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    That is really good to know because I was dreading building 12 nest boxes for the 12 hen chicks I just ordered. Thanks, everyone!
     
  7. matimeo

    matimeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One box is plenty for four or five chickens. They'll all lay in the same box anyway, so don't waste your time building two for just four chickens.
     

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