nesting box how many?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wildriverswolf90, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm get 7 hens., when they are old enough to lay eggs will I need a nesting box for each?[​IMG]
     
  2. cricket1975

    cricket1975 New Egg

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    I have 3 nesting boxes for my 7 hens. I don't have eggs yet, but I've read that the hens will share nesting boxes.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The odds are great that all 7 will lay in the same box. It is again part of the strong social structure of chickens.

    That said, build two. Once in a great, great while they'll use both. I have a dozen hens in one pen and they ALL lay in one box. Rarely, two, but that's it.
     
  4. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 6 hens and we built 3 nesting boxes.
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    For 7 hens, you should have 2 nest boxes.
     
  6. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    1 box, per 4 hens
     
  7. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

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  8. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 16 and this is what I have...waiting for egg #1 to be dropped in a box, found egg #1 on the ground outside broken on Wed.

    I also know they will share a box...so don't go over board...

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  9. ZooKeeperInTheMaking

    ZooKeeperInTheMaking Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got 8 hens, and 3 nesting boxes and they all share the end one, they always have :S :L
     

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