HOW, NESTING BOXES

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jay1995, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there some kind of luxury nesting box I can make. We have nesting boxes but they wont lay their eggs in them. Please post why.[​IMG]
     
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have you put fake eggs or golf balls in the nest. when they see them they will get the hint. Are the boxes to high?
     
  3. sandyj

    sandyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are your hens? Some don't start laying until 24, 26 weeks.
    sandyj
     
  4. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think we need a lot more info and pictures. Are they currently laying? Where do they ley if they are? What are the boxes made of? What height did you build them? What did you use for bedding?
     
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    give them an assortment. They will choose what they like most. 5 gallon bucket, milk crate, kitty litterbox with a lid, rubbermaid tote with a hole cut in the lid. Use the fake eggs too
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    All of the important questions have been asked.

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    I have 7 nest boxes. They will only use three of them. If I had it to do over again, I would have made my boxes a bit smaller... (8 inches across rather than 12) they seem to use the smaller ones more.
     
  7. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are about 4 inches tall and 9 inches long. Im going to try the assortment and the fake eggs. Thanks for the help.
     
  8. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 inches tall seems way to short, you might want to offer something else
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    By nature, hens like dark out of the way places for laying eggs. The nest you provide can encourage them to lay where you can get at the eggs for collection. Nest boxes for heavy breeds should be about 14" wide by 14" high by 12" deep. Allow one nest for every 4 to 5 hens. Nests should be 18 to 20 inches off he ground.

    My nest boxes, on the top boxes the top opens and the lower boxes have a door for out side access. There are pictures on my BYC Page.
     

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