nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ricks Chicks, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Ricks Chicks

    Ricks Chicks Songster

    I have 5 reds , how many nests should I have for laying?
     
  2. roosters97

    roosters97 Songster

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    3? more people will help you out [​IMG]
     
  3. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

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    The rule is about 1 for every 4 birds. SO you should have about 2 or 3.
     
  4. blueskylen

    blueskylen Songster

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    we have 6 nests for 11 chickens, but I hear that sometimes they will all try to use one nest, and I think that I reads somewhere that 1 nest for each 3/4 chickens is enough.
     
  5. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

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    i have lik 8 nest boxes for only 18 hens!
     
  6. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Yes, it's 1 nest box for every four chickens. But, just because you are part of this particular forum... make more than you need..... you'll certainly be adding more chickens in the future and you'll already have the nest boxes ready!

    It is funny how you can have tons of nest boxes for your chickens and they will all choose to use the same one or two.
     
  7. Ricks Chicks

    Ricks Chicks Songster

    Thank You all for your help.

    yes I am allready planning a bigger coop for next year.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

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    One nest box for every 3/4 chickens is good. I have one box for every 3 chickens. Once in a great while two chickens will decide to use the same box at the same time, and other boxes maybe empty. [​IMG]
     
  9. BowChickaBowMow

    BowChickaBowMow Songster

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    That's my thoughts, exactly!
     

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