I need help with my nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenbyddozn, May 22, 2008.

  1. chickenbyddozn

    chickenbyddozn Out Of The Brooder

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    My ladies are about to start laying. They have 200sq ft of coop, but I am stumped on how many nesting boxes and how to make them. You may check out my coop at www.homeschoolblogger.com/cheprbyddozn please give me advice.
     
  2. poopcoop

    poopcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many hens do you have that are going to be laying eggs?
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    One nesting box for every 4 hens is about right.
     
  4. masschix

    masschix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 nest for every 4 chickens is what I've been told. I made my nesting boxes out of milk crates. They sit on a shelf with a 2x3 nailed to each of the shelf with a thinner 3 1/2" pine board nailed to the front so that the eggs won't roll out. I've also added a slanted board above the nesting boxes so that the birds don't roost on them (or they would be covered with poop). Here's a photo...

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    Hope this helps!
     
  5. pvc coop

    pvc coop Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the picture. After looking at your picture I built one yesterday.
     
  6. masschix

    masschix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations.....you need to post a pic!
     

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