How many next boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Heckel's Hens, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Heckel's Hens

    Heckel's Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...for 20 LF hens??

    I currently have a single long nesting "shelf", but plan to divide it up into individual nests. The shelf is almost 8 feet long and 18 inches deep. How many boxes should I make it into, and will it be enough room for 20 to lay eggs?

    If not, how many more would I need?
     
  2. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    My rule of thumb is one nest box for every 4 - 5 hens. So for 20 hens around 4 to 5 nest boxes.
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Ditto
     
  4. wolfandfinch

    wolfandfinch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heckel's Hens :

    ...for 20 LF hens??

    I currently have a single long nesting "shelf", but plan to divide it up into individual nests. The shelf is almost 8 feet long and 18 inches deep. How many boxes should I make it into, and will it be enough room for 20 to lay eggs?

    If not, how many more would I need?

    I'd turn that into 5 boxes. Don't forget to take into account the thickness of the material you use to separate them when figuring out your measurements...​
     
  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I would do 6-7 to plan for chicken math! Just an idea

    Nate
     

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