1. SouthernBYChickens

    SouthernBYChickens Chirping

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    I've read somewhere the "idea" nesting box size according to hens that have been interviewed is 15" x 15" opening, but how far in depth to the back of the box? Thanks in advance for your responses!! [​IMG]
     
  2. Renee'

    Renee' Songster

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    I have a nest "bed", it's 24 inches deep and 7 1/2 feet long (the length of the coop).
     
  3. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    Ours are about 14 inches in depth. We made a couple of different sized holes and each chicken has a favorite. Interestingly, no one has EVER used the top left box.

    I have everything from large large fowl to banty.

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  4. SouthernBYChickens

    SouthernBYChickens Chirping

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    Renee' :

    I have a nest "bed", it's 24 inches deep and 7 1/2 feet long (the length of the coop).

    So you don't have dividers in there separating it into many beds - just one long bed??​
     
  5. beach livin'

    beach livin' Songster

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    i have one community box as well, and the girls all lay in it. 3 girls lay in one corner, and one girl lays in the opposite. its roughly a foot deep and tall, and 4foot long
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  6. TDM

    TDM Songster

    I use a simple 2' x 4' box divided into eight sections. Works fine for leghorns, black copper marans, cuckoo marans, production reds and easter eggers. I also don't care if they sleep on top, which is why it is flat.

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  7. kipper

    kipper Songster

    We have 3 chicken houses, and all have different boxes.

    Our big house has 4 14x14x14 boxes with doors that open into the"man room" for easy egg collection. These are the best in my opinion.

    Our little house has a black garden center planter about 16" accross turned on it's side. It works well.

    Our other house has two communal boxes with collection door facing - yes, you guessed - the man area. The chickens in this house all get along well and 4 or 5 will sometimes be in one box! I think this is ok, but they seem to like to go broody in that house a lot.

    Another thought, something to keep in mind: our cohins and silkies do not roost, they like "ground nesting", so if you have non-roosting birds, be sure to give them something to lay in on the floor.[​IMG]
     
  8. BamaSilkies

    BamaSilkies Chirping

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    I use 5 gal buckets laying on the side for my Silkies. I plan to build a frame to set them in them soon but leave them on the floor. They also like to use those rubber feed bowls the shallow ones.
     
  9. jhamblin

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    Is it ok if my nestboxes are 12" cubed????
     
  10. Quote:x2

    mine are 14 cubed and I find that to work very well.
     

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