Laying boxes

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  1. fwade69

    fwade69 New Egg

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    I am trying to find out what the best size for a laying box, I was told to try 1'x1'. Any other suggestions?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - a bit more information will help us answer your question. What breed(s) are you planning to keep and are you going to have bantam or large fowl birds?
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2, it will depend on what breeds you have, you can go larger without problems, 12x12" seems to be the most common size if you buy kits (good for smaller standard common egg layers like Leghorns etc), a lot of people do like to use slightly larger boxes, 14x14" or 16x16", especially if they have larger breeds...it also seems to help keep eggs from being squashed if they are not as crowded, hens will try to share nesting boxes.
    For bantams, 10x10" seems popular.
     
  5. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! I have "big bottomed girls" - black sex links, buff orpingtons, Delawares - so we opt for larger. Right now we have a large communal box that three can fit in but we previously had individual boxes about 15 x 15 which gave them plenty of room to move around in.
     
  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Loving the Autumn Weather Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    My chickens have 12 inch x 12 inch nest boxes, and that seems to work for them.
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on Kelsie's advice. Make sure though that the nests aren't too big because then they may try to lay in them at the same time.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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