# nest boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by farrier!, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. farrier!

    farrier! Songster

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I am starting with what I am hoping will be 25 layers. We may expand to 50 tops.
    I just purchased some used next boxes. One with 10 holes, the other with 8.
    Should I put both up?

    Also what works best for everyone for nest material?

  2. kick'n chick'n

    kick'n chick'n Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    just use 1 the rule of thumb is 1 nest for 4-5 hens. i use hay in mine.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I have 14 laying hens.

    I have 7 nest boxes.

    They use 3. The other 4 almost never get used.

    On days when I get 10 eggs there will be 2 in one, 2 in another and 6 in the dark corner nest.
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    I like to put wood shavings in mine, they tend to kick the hay out. Or try some of both and see which one you like. 1 nest t 4 or 5 hens sounds good, but they're all going to want to use the same one anyway [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009

  5. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    i only have 5 hens but I usually find 4 eggs in one and 1 in the other. I have 2 nests. You can even hear the girl in line squawking at the one laying to hurry it up. I use shaving too, easy to clean out and if they kick some out I can just throw in another hand full.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
  6. Bigboy's Chicks

    Bigboy's Chicks Hatching

    Jan 21, 2009
    Central Pa.
    I have 16 Hens and 4 nest boxes. And they use only 1, they sit on top of each other and just look around while laying their egg. Very interesting to watch.
    I use wood chips in the nest boxes and clean them about every other week they keep them pretty clean

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