How many nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickenFarrmers, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. ChickenFarrmers

    ChickenFarrmers New Egg

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    How many nesting boxes should I have if I'm looking at 6-10 chickens? I've read on here that you don't want them to spend all their time in the boxes, so I shouldn't have one for every hen?

    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
  2. rainlips

    rainlips Out Of The Brooder

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    They say one box for ever 3-4 hens... So you could get away with 3. I have 10 hens myself and 12 boxes but that's how my coop was built when I moved into my house. I can't even get my girls to lay eggs sooo no worries on spending all their time in the boxes! Lol
    Of course they are all different :)
     
  3. TomGallopavo

    TomGallopavo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This has been answered many times...

    I have anywhere between eight and twenty chickens at any given time. I have two nest boxes and unless I have a broody hen, things go fine. You could build a bunch but they will have a favorite and go there anyway. Mine are big enough that two will lay at the same time in the same box.

    I would have two if I were you....put them below the roost.
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I would make 3 nest boxes personally and get 2 - 6 more chickens.
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  5. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would go for 4 nest boxes. Just to makes sure that they can all pick their favorite, and that if one hen is on one box, the other chicken can be in another.
     
  6. ChickenFarrmers

    ChickenFarrmers New Egg

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    Thanks for the help folks.
     

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