Is this nesting box/thingy going to work?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by alaskan_crew, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. alaskan_crew

    alaskan_crew Songster

    Jun 5, 2007
    Wasilla, AK
    We used this style of nesting box last summer for our 4 layers. We now have 20 potential layers and now I'm not so sure if this is a good design for that many chickens. Any thoughts?

  2. silky ma

    silky ma Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Most designs i have seen all nest boxes are open and not boxed in with one door.
    All my silkies roost inside pens at nite and I keep many open boxes for them to choose from. I use to have orpingtons, r-reds and others ere I changed over to silkies and I got so frustratd with all my hens wanting the same box to nest in that I made one open aired
    6 foot box. Everyone still fought over the same nesting spot. Fake eggs didnt help.

    Try it out and see if all goes okay. I would probably add 2 other openings so you dont have a traffic jam. Worse comes to worse you end up making separate boxes for them.
    There was a guy who created sanitizable nest boxes out of 5 gallon boxes. He said they worked like a charm. If you want I will post the info when I find it.[​IMG]
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    With that many chickens, have you thought about at least cutting a second (maybe third) entry hole, so that nobody can monopolize the nestbox or get cornered in it or anything like that.

    I think I've read recommendations for communal nest box size (per number of hens) but cannot really recall where, sorry.

    Good luck,

  4. alaskan_crew

    alaskan_crew Songster

    Jun 5, 2007
    Wasilla, AK
    Thanks silkyma and Pat. I will probably (actually, not me but my DH) will cut more openings. Do you guys think I should add seperators inside since it's one huge box?
  5. lovemychicks9

    lovemychicks9 Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    I agree with that many chickens I would cut a few more holes or open the fronts up for them.

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