Nest Box Size

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Namres, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Namres

    Namres Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2011

    I am busy planning a hen house for 300 hens. Free range for eggs! Ideally they should lay in nest boxes in the hen house. What would be the optimal size for such a nest box?
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Most breeds do fine with something around 12" - 14" square. Larger breeds need a bit more space.
  3. Namres

    Namres Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2011
    Whats that in cm?

    Anyone that can maybe post some pics of their nest boxes?
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    One Inch is 2.5 cm, so a 12" x 12" is 30 cm x 30 cm. For individual nesting boxes, I'd consider 30 cm x 30 cm the minimum. However, here is a post by Digits from another thread that might help you. I think he gave credit to Robert Plamondon for it.

    "The traditional community nest is a box four feet wide and two feet deep, with a doorway thatÂ’s not much more than six inches wide and eight inches tall (and maybe with a flap of cloth or plastic across it). This is good for fifty hens. Another variant is the tunnel nest, which is eight feet long, two feet wide, and has a small entrance at each end. This is good for a hundred hens."

    You might want to do a search for more specifics. You do need to hinge it so you can gather eggs from the entire community nest, probably hinging the roof instead of the front or back.

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