laying nest...how many?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kybeagle, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. kybeagle

    kybeagle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting ready to build my nest boxes inside my coop. 3 questions!

    1. how many hens do I figure per nest box?

    2. what dimensions do I use for each nest box

    3. how big should the entrance way be into the nest box?
     
  2. 4wdingman

    4wdingman Out Of The Brooder

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    I Just use old milk crates and cut half of one side out.
    I have four but my 8 hens use only one.
    Mum kept complaining about the noise from them when they layed.As they line up waiting for the same box.
    So i put a golf ball in each one of them now they use all of them and now theres not much noise.
    Go for around 1 box for 4 chooks
     
  3. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I use covered kitty litter boxes which work great. I have 2 for my eight girls but they only use one...
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Most say a nestbox for each 3-4 hens. However, if you have a small flock, say only 4 hens, I'd stick 2 boxes in. You never know when a hen could go broody and hog a box for a month.
     

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