Nest box too small?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by poochgrmr, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. poochgrmr

    poochgrmr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2011
    I purchased the square(ish) plastic indoor nest boxes from Fleming Outdoors. The girls are getting ready to lay. As I am a newbie to this...those boxes sure do look small now and the perch is thin and narrow. Will they actually go into that small of an area? Maybe my girls are fat ;-). I like the idea of the indoor box since we live in NH. Anyone else use them?
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Your "fat" birds are most likely mostly they'll fit. That being said, I did build my nest boxes larger than the 12x12 of most prefab boxes just because they do look like such a tight fit. But those girls will fit in them. You might want to lace the boxes with a wooden or boiled egg so your girls get the right idea...
  3. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    What size are the nesting boxes? Just depends on if you have standard size or bantam chickens. As a general rule nesting boxes are 12 x 12 x 12.

    This is an image of my design and what we use at Red Barn Farms. The size I ended up for mine are each individual box measures 12 x 12 x 14.


  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I assume you are talking about that 4 nest set-up on their website. Those are 12" x 12" so, yes, they will work for any chicken breed I'm familiar with.

    I've never had Jersey Giants so I'm not sure how big those hens get. What breeds do you have? Something really unusual?

    I use a golf ball in mine to show them where to lay, then leave the golf ball in there even after they are laying. It seems to help them know where to lay. Wooden or ceramic eggs would also work. I've used the plastic Easter eggs, filling them with sand and glueing them shut, but after a while, they came unglued.
  5. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2010
    Ridgefield CT
    Mine are 12x12 and I've seen as many as 3 chickens squeeze in at once with an empty next right next door. What goofs.
  6. FarmGirlLC

    FarmGirlLC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2012
    West Virginia

    They wil fit fine. Our boxs are 12x13 but our openings differ due to my mom and me being bad with saws. The littlest opening is 7x10 and is the favorite box.

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