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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by julnjake, Aug 22, 2011.
Do I need for 19 birds?
I have 6 nests for 25 hens and its worked fine, now one is being used by a broody and the five boxes seem to work for them...
1 nesting box per 4 - 5 girls.
Quote:4 or 5
I don't mean to abduct your thread, but why 1 nesting box for 4 - 5 birds?
I've read this in multiple books, but none really offer an explanation as to why... they just rather insinuate "because that's the way it is."
Quote:I have heard that they are not territorial about the boxes (unless maybe if they are broody) and they just seek out a dark, quiet place to lay. Suppose that is why people put a fake egg or golf ball in there, to mark it as a "safe place" to lay an egg.
That is just my non-scientific 2 cents... probably wasn't what you were looking for though!
Quote:No no, it's perfect. Its more of an explanation than I've ever found! Sounds reasonable!
We have over 30 hens with 16 nesting boxes four rows up and four across. I will tell you right now there are favorite nesting boxes not all are used. There will be hens waiting to use a box that is currently occupied while 15 empty boxes are empty. It is not uncommon I will see 2 hens in the same nesting box. Our nesting boxes are 11.5 x 115 x 11.5 in size so they are not large once the pine shavings are placed in them.