need help on how many nesting boxes to make?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ourgardenpatch, May 1, 2009.

  1. Ourgardenpatch

    Ourgardenpatch Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, new to all this. Getting ready to build our coop. We have 23 little chicks. Do not know how many are male yet. I only know for sure 6 are femal. Time will tell I guess. Anyway. How do I know how many nesting boxes to make? I thought I needed one for every femal chick? Can anyone out there help me? Thanks,Lori and MIke
     
  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

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    I'd have to look up somewhere what the recommended rule is, but I know I have 4 hens laying in one box and 5 laying in another. If there are only six hens, you could get away with 2 next boxes.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    The rule of thumb is one individual nesting box for 4 hens. You do want suffucient nesting boxes so they lay in the boxes instead of other places.

    You might do a search on communiity nesting boxes. I saw one claim that a 2' x 4' community nesting box would handle 35 laying hens. I personally have no experience with community nesting boxes.
     
  4. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    I will have 4 layers and two silkies (who I know will also lay). Will 3 boxes work?
     
  5. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

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    Knowing that most flocks of BYCers tend to grow, I'd put in 4. [​IMG]
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Quote:2 boxes will work for 6 hens. A third box won't hurt anything, but you'll find it unlikely that 3 will ever be used.
     
  7. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    I do 1 laying box for every 2-3 hens but then again I like them to have a big choice. I have never had ground eggs this way but maybe that is coincidence. Just so you know you could put 100 boxes in there and they could still all decide they want to lay in one box. LOL
     
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  8. OutdoorFun4

    OutdoorFun4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Best advice I have read today. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. Ourgardenpatch

    Ourgardenpatch Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you to everyone. Such a big help. [​IMG]
     
  10. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 nest boxes for 25 hens. They use all of them some days, other days, I will find eggs in only 4-5 nests. They seem to have their favorite nests also, and some will wait for it to become available. [​IMG]
     
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