How many nesting boxes ??????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cajun1, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. cajun1

    cajun1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Last year I started with 3 chickens. We've been through all 4 seasons and they are still doing well. Now I want to expand & add 7 more. I am building a new coop to hold 10 chickens, but am stuck on how many nesting boxes I need. Hopefully I will end up with 1 rooster and 9 pullets. Will 4 or 5 nesting boxes be enough ?
     
  2. Summerlove

    Summerlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That will be fine. You need one box/ four hens :)
     
  3. cknkids

    cknkids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3 would probably be plenty. We built 2 for our 4 hens and left out the separator. Recently I found 2 in it at once and even though there was plenty of room to spread out the second hen seemed too be trying to lay her egg on the other hens back.
     
  4. Nikon

    Nikon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have three boxes and plan of getting 6-8 hens.
     
  5. colburg

    colburg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I currently have 4 boxes for 36 layers and will have 6 boxes for 56 layers when our new chicks start laying.

    For 9 layers, 2 nest boxes will easily suffice.
     
  6. cinch920

    cinch920 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh yes, thats plenty of nesting boxes. I have 40 chickens and 12 boxes. Half the boxes go unused. So no worries, you should be fine!
     
  7. stirkrazy

    stirkrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    I should have checked this site before I built my new coop. I turned one of my horses stalls into a 8x10 coop and they have an 8x10 outside run. I put 10 nesting boxes in for only 6 hens. Guess I went a little overboard. Oops lol
     
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  8. DeerFangRanch

    DeerFangRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    No, you're just planning ahead for more chickens.
     

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