Nesting Box Question

gillisjordan

Chirping
Mar 31, 2015
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6
68
Antigonish County, NS
We are getting ready to build a new coop and I am going to build a new set of roll away nesting boxes. I am wondering if there is preferable height for the boxes to be off the ground. We will have 22 layers, how many boxes should I make?
 
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Primo

Songster
6 Years
May 1, 2013
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Texas
I don't know about a preferabale height, but lower than the roosts should be good. For 22 hens 7 boxes should be sufficient.
 

ChristieB

Songster
5 Years
Dec 13, 2014
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Queensland
I don't think there's a set height, just lower than the roosts. They say 1 nest for every 3 hens though some people have one or 2 large communal nests since they all lay in the same one anyway.
24 nests!! Omg that's a lot
 

gillisjordan

Chirping
Mar 31, 2015
111
6
68
Antigonish County, NS
Yeah thats a bit over the top haha but whatever works I guess. I have 5 nests for 11 hens right now and there's never an issue. I think I will build 8 boxes, 4 on each side of the coop.
 

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