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How many Nests?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by carladababe, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. carladababe

    carladababe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Dixon, Missouri
    I have 11 soon to be chickens, and their coop is already for them. It has 4 nesting boxes, is this going to be enough or should I install 1 or 2 more?[​IMG]
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    It doesnt matter how many you put in. They'll all use one anyway.

    4 chickens per box is a good count.
  3. YYZ

    YYZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    My hens all use the same nest box. I think its cute.[​IMG]
  4. carladababe

    carladababe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Dixon, Missouri
    Thank you, Can't hardly wait.[​IMG]
  5. JLT9807

    JLT9807 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2011
    I have 5 and they all use the same nest as well. We started with 2 and were gonna add as needed, but they all like the same one...
  6. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    I have 3 boxes that get used by 20 hens. But I have 8 available. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2011
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Ain't it the truth! [​IMG] Just put in the boxes using the 4 chix per box rule and make sure the boxes are on the large size, since they are going to share them. Four hens in one box at the same time is my personal record.
  8. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I always read about how they only use one nest boxs. I have 11 hens & have 6 nest boxs. I'm always checking the coop for eggs & I'll walk in the coop & find 5 nest boxs being used at a time. Guess, my hens like to all lay at the same time.
  9. new&learning

    new&learning Out Of The Brooder

    I have watched mine literlly stand below the occupied box squacking at the hen inside as if to say "hurry up in there". Ofcourse there is another box three feet away empty. too funny.
  10. berkeleysprings

    berkeleysprings Chillin' With My Peeps

    install two for now till they decide wich one they like then save room and remove the one they do not ....

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