Nest box size for a large broody Cochin?

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  1. CHICKEN BUFF

    CHICKEN BUFF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got 3 broody Cochin hens that are determined to sit on eggs -- EVERYBODY's eggs! I've set up a separate pen for them now with a roof on it, but I'm stumped as to what to use for nest boxes. Hubs says a five-gallon bucket on its side would be fine, but I think it's WAY too small for a big-butt hen, never mind her eggs (I think she'll break them trying to get into the bucket!)

    Also, this inseparable trio seem to want to sit on the eggs together --- should I let them?

    Any suggestions? Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Personally, i use a large plastic basin (40-50 cm diameter) with soil (to weigh it down) and grass clippings on top - it works just fine for me.

    Re: multiple broodies - it can be a nightmare. I'd suggest breaking the broodiness of all but one. Here's a link on how to do this - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/181289/how-to-break-a-broody-hen


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  3. CHICKEN BUFF

    CHICKEN BUFF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love the plastic basin idea --- I've got one that might be big enough too! Thanks for that, and for the link to a great article.
     
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  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You are most welcome [​IMG]
     

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