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nesting box question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bella253, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. bella253

    bella253 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 11 pullets, my coop is 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 how many nesting boxes should we have?

    Thanks
    Lori [​IMG]
     
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will need about 5 nest boxes maybe less.
    Chickens don't use all the nest boxes they typically fight over one.

    BCP
     
  3. bella253

    bella253 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks..[​IMG]
     
  4. chicklover56

    chicklover56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep. I have nine chickens and 4 nesting boxes, and they all lay in the same one.
     
  5. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 46 hens and only 10 NEST BOXES
    They only lay in 8 of them
    Chickens are SOOOOOOOOOOOO picky

    BCP
     
  6. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens just love to see an egg then when they feel one coming they lay in the box that already has an egg.

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  7. twisted-acres-farm

    twisted-acres-farm Porter herd bull for my Yaks Premium Member

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    they the chicken experts say 3 to 5 hens per nest box. I cheated with mine and put hard boiled eggs in the nests (make sure to make them) so that my "girls" could get the hint. Best of luck and welcome to BYC
     
  8. chicklover56

    chicklover56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly! It makes me laugh at how they wait for the other chicken to get done laying before they lay. once, I went to go check on them and two were in the same box!
     
  9. flyin-lowe

    flyin-lowe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have a coop of 24 square foot. Most people will tell you that 6 is the max number of chickens you will want in a coop that size. If they will be able to free range a lot then they could be OK. If they are going to be confined you could have some issues with 11 birds in a coop that size.
     
  10. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto that ^^^^

    Where will they go in bad weather even if you free range? FWIW, I have 6 chickens in a coop twice that size, at the most I'd add 2 or 3.

    We have 3 nesting boxes, they use 2 of them.
     

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