Nest boxes VS Hens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mpcardona, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. mpcardona

    mpcardona Out Of The Brooder

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    How many nest boxes do I really need for my 7 hens? And in the near future if I decide to hatch my own chicks, I want to make sure I have enough nest boxes before I put in a perch for my chickens. Later I will take pictures of my coop in hopes that I could get more Ideas. That is, if I am aloud to post pictures of my coop, me being kind of a newbie.
     
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  2. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 boxes for 4 hens but have had 5 hens sharing 2 boxes with no problem. Maybe go with 3 to 4 boxes.
     
  3. mpcardona

    mpcardona Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks mike. This determines my next job to put in a perch for my birds.
     
  4. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 boxes for 20 hens, but they only use 2 ( or 3 if the other two get filled up)
     
  5. chickenhead1

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    It appears to me that I'm going to end up with 28 young uns' because all the folks that 'promised' they wanted some chickens have disappeared [​IMG]. So, I'm going with 8 boxes. Actually, one of my neighbors kids is a milk and dairy delivery guy and he is always bringing Dad home empty milk crates. turned on their side, I think these will make awesome nesting boxes. I'll just throw some in them and screw rounded 2x2s to the fronts for purtches (sp). think it will work[​IMG]
     
  6. mpcardona

    mpcardona Out Of The Brooder

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    Well that's great Kaitie. I am soo glad I don't have to have a box for every chicken, lol. In the beginning, I was wondering where I was going to put all of them.

    Chickenhead, I will keep that in mind if I ever need more boxes! Thanks.
     

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