Nest Boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by amysue2012, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. amysue2012

    amysue2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2007
    Montpelier Ohio
    So far Ive just got a few old Rabbit boxes sitting around that the chickens were laying in. Im getting ready to build a "wall" of chicken boxes, was ganna go 3 high and 4 across. With each box being aprox. 10" x 10". Does that sound right? With a 2" lip or so on the front to hold in bedding.

    This will give me 12 boxes I have 13 hens but Ive been told that some will share nests.

    I have 4 Idas and 9 Barred Rocks if it matters.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2007
  2. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    I would only do 3or 4 boxes
    I have 7boxes and all the 15 chickens use 2 of those, I guess they like those best. You only need 1 box for each 4 or 5 hens, so 1 per is overdoing it unless you plan to get a lot more hens.

    I would also have the board that works as a lip a little taller mine are 4" they tend to make a bowl to lay in and will push more bedding out the lower the board

    If standard chickens you may ant boxes a little bigger I thnk mine are 12x14
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2007
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I wouldn't go to too much trouble on those nest boxes. 4 or 5 hens will share a nest box. Maybe even more if it has been deemed a prime nest box by the flock. LOL

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