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  1. ac12607

    ac12607 New Egg

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    How many hens will lay in each nest box? We are thinking of starting out with about 10 chickens. Do we need 10 nesting boxes or will they share?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    No, 2 or 3 are enough -- and even then, they may lay them all in one. Figure roughly one nest to four hens.
     
  3. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with Judy. I have 5 nesting boxes, and on any given day only 3 get used. 80% will be in one box with 10% in each of the other two.
     
  4. ac12607

    ac12607 New Egg

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    Great!! We would have really overdone it! Ha!! Thank you so much for the quick reply!!
     
  5. Cluckies

    Cluckies Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    We built 4 nesting boxes, but my 5 hens who lay, mostly use 1 sometimes 2, I use the other 2 boxes for storage, (removable divider). Or when one has to be in the "hospital" or "prison" I open the one on the far right. (for my pen within the henhouse.)

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  6. ac12607

    ac12607 New Egg

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    That looks nice!! Thank you for the pics!!
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Nice setup @Cluckies

    Good on you @ac12607 for doing your proper prior planning ;-)
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2014
  8. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 12 hens and 4 boxes, they use 2-3 boxes 95% of the time.
     

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