Nest boxes too small? (pics)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SparksNV, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Spanish Springs, NV
    My nest boxes were made out of a "free" (found on the side of the road) kitchen cabinet. My gals are getting close to lay. I guess it's too late to change the boxes but I am open for any suggestions if they are too small. I did query on this forum before we used the cabinet & the consense was the size was OK. But now that they are in place and I have the chickens, I'm not so sure they are big enough [​IMG] Thanks for any input...

    Depth of box:


    Height of box:


    Width of box:

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2010
  2. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    Looks great to me. Hope u get an egg soon [​IMG]
  3. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I think they will be great! I am glad that you are recycling! ;D
  4. kchopper

    kchopper Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2010
    They are bigger than mine. Should work just fine.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    They could be an inch or two taller, but the depth and width are perfect. I always say 12X12X12

    I think you'll be fine with what you have.

    Good luck!
  6. Lifestyle Lift Journey

    Lifestyle Lift Journey Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2010
    They look much better than what I saw in the pet shop before.
    Well done!

    I don't think you need worry about the size.
    They are perfect!!

    Hope you get eggs very very soon [​IMG]
  7. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Spanish Springs, NV
    Thanks everyone! I even put some BOSS on the little ledge to get them to "LOOK" at the boxes! The boss is gone but still no eggs...

    I guess it's true: a watched hen won't lay!

    They will probably start laying in their favorite place to relax. This is some old lattice that I put in their run. They love to sleep (during the day) and dust bathe under it and even climb up on it.


    Here's Sassy, Verde, and Chucklelina under the arch part:

  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They're fine. Don't be surprised if two of them squeeze into one nest and lay.
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Looks perfect to me! If you don't want them, I can go and pick them up. [​IMG]
  10. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    One sign that a pullet is getting close to laying is that her comb (and wattles, if she's of a breed that has those) will get bright red. It's a sign that her hen hormones are surging. Your girls look like they're not quite there yet.

    Another sign to look for is the mating squat. The pullet flattens herself down on the ground and sometimes even spreads out her wings as you approach her (or your rooster, if you have one).

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