How many nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BackyardCoop, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. BackyardCoop

    BackyardCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious how many a person needs. My father in law said if they have a favorite they will wait in line for it. But I want to make sure I have an adequate amount for them.
     
  2. BackyardCoop

    BackyardCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 20-25 layers and have 4 boxes so far. They don't use them yet so we can still build some.
     
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The ratio is one box for every four birds. Some use less, a few use more. Your father in law is right, they like to use the same one everyone else is using. It helps to put decoys in different boxes
     
  4. CovertS2

    CovertS2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Den in Penn I heard the same thing: every 3-4 chickens needs 1 box. It is reccommended to have at least 1 chicken per box.
     
  5. bwalden

    bwalden Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I have a 5:1 ratio. Seems to work fine.
     
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  6. chickeninfested

    chickeninfested Out Of The Brooder

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    All my hens use the same nest box every day. Sometimes they even fight over it!:lol:
     

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