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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CrazyChookLady5, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. CrazyChookLady5

    CrazyChookLady5 Songster

    Dec 6, 2013
    Australia, NSW
    hi everyone
    I'm planning to make some nest boxes for my chooks, but I need help with the measurement and supplies part.
    I have about 16 laying hens so, how many boxes do you think i'll need??
    here are some pictures of what I want them to look like.


    thanks for your help

  2. lesgo54

    lesgo54 Songster

    Feb 13, 2012
    spencer, tn
    12 x12 inckes would be good. U can even go a few inches bigger. For 16 birds ide go with atleast 6 nest boxes. I think i built mine 15 x 12. Sometimes /2 birdswill get in the nest box at the same time
  3. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Songster

    May 18, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    My Coop
    I initially had 14 x 14 in. boxes and that size works out great for large girls. We had two boxes but the 4 girls all used the same one. When we built the new coop, we went to one large communal box that was large enough for at least 3-4 girls to nest at the same time if they wanted to. The communal box is 4 ft long and is about 16 in. deep.

    I now have 8 hens and they use only two separate spots in the communal nesting box. One box for every 3 or 4 hens is all you'll need.
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Nest boxes
    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³) will hold 2 cramped Golden Comet hens. I would go with 4 nest boxes for 16 hens. (Even then something tells me they will only use two.) I just used plastic milk crates on a shelf with a board zip tied to the front. When a feed bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new.

    Easy Peasy


    POOP BOARDS are the "BEST" addition yet. Handles well over ½ of the poop in my set up keeps ammonia smell in check 3½" below roost excellent for catching eggs laid through the night (roost are in cups for easier removal and cleaning). I recently friction fit a piece of vinyl flooring over my poop board.it makes clean up even easier; Pop out; Scrap; Hose; Pop in.

    Winter months even easier flex over compost bin DONE!

    Easy peasy!.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2014
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  5. AlanW

    AlanW In the Brooder

    Nov 21, 2013
    I would go with 4 boxes as well, 6 if you have the space. 30-36 cm on each edge. Chickens really do a lot better on the metric system.

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