laying many?

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

  1. kybeagle

    kybeagle Songster

    Feb 24, 2010
    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 In the Brooder

    Oct 31, 2009
    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 Songster

    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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