Nest box size for standard chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SpringChickens, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    What is the ideal size for nest boxes for standard chickens? Our neighbors are 12"X12" but that seemed somewhat small to me. How many layers to a nest box? We have 11 or so pullets right now.

    Thanks!
     
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    If the 12x12 seems small Id go 16x16. I belive you need 1 nest box per 4 or 5 hens. [​IMG]
    ETA: 11 hens 3 nest boxes would be plenty. But 2 would probally work.
     
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  3. Farmer Brown

    Farmer Brown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our boxes are 12x12 and we have some good sized girls and they seem to fit ok. we have 10 standards and 3 bantam hens, 4 are not laying yet. We have 6 boxes now which is overkill but we have overly spoiled chickens! [​IMG]
     
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  4. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    My medium sized Chanteclers have 12x12 boxes. Haven't heard any complaints. 2 boxes for 6 hens.

    Wayne
     
  5. meezermom

    meezermom Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read 12W x 12 deep x 14H - but I have heavies & the size recommended for them is 14W x 14H x 12 deep.
    I wound up using (recycling) recycle bins for my girls [​IMG]
     
  6. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Great ideas! Thank you all!! It's so nice to have this readily available source of information.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My current boxes are 18" x 21". The girls aren't complaining, but I'm going larger soon. They just look cramped in them to me. They are LF brahmas.
    They say one box for every four hens, but on any given day all 14 of my hens use at most 2 of the 4 boxes.
    Something to keep in mind during the construction of your coop and nest boxes...you want your nest boxes to be lower than your roosts. Chickens want to roost as high as possible at night and you don't want them sleeping in your nest boxes. Poopey eggs = ewwwwwwwwww. [​IMG]
     
  8. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    What about putting the nest boxes at floor level with a board (or something) to keep the eggs and bedding in?
     
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  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Don't see why that wouldn't work.
     
  10. pixiechic

    pixiechic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on how big your standard chickens are.

    We got prefab nest boxes in the "big bird" size and they fit our barred rocks, RI Reds, EEs, and SLW just fine. But the nests are not quite big enough for Lucille, our Cornish X girl. She really wants to nest in there, and she can get in, but it's scraping some of the feathers off her chest.
     

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