nesting box design

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by olchev, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. olchev

    olchev New Egg

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    Howdy folks.. I been designing a nesting box to use in conjuction with a 4x8 coop I will make. The nesting box will be made from an old dog house. My question is will the hens still use it to lay eggs if I don't create individual boxes inside the house for them. Instead just let them use the entire dog house to their likeing.. the box is 2.5x4.5ft this would be shared among 3 or 4 chickens to start
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    They might very well. Group nests are not a new concept. I used to have one that they would use, though they seemed to preferr the single nest. They love to "wallow out" a rounded place, so I'd suggest hay which will keep its shape -- although maybe other things will work as well or better.
     
  3. olchev

    olchev New Egg

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    thanks for the advice. Maybe I'll just build nesting boxes inside the coop to be safe
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I prefer them inside; easier to keep weatherproof and predatorproof. For 4 hens you only need one.
     

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