Nest Boxes

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

  1. amysue2012

    amysue2012 Songster

    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 Crowing

    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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