Nesting box questions and wonderments.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by The Lazy L, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coop is 4' x 6'

    I've got 8 + 1 BO coming in May. I'm figuring one loosing one or two chickens from my stupidity.

    BOs will have a 20' x 6' secured run and the the option of free ranging (under a watchful eye).

    Coop has 6 nesting boxes. From what I've read on this forum I only need 2 or 3?

    So to help with the square footage per bird should I take out at least 3 of the nesting boxes?

    And convert one of the remaining nesting boxes into a feeder?


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  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    That would work. Are you going to make a automatic feeder that will fit in the next box?

    Nate
     
  3. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. That would be my intent.
     
  4. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I think that would be great for your coop!

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  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Sounds like a grand idea!

    ...as long as chicken math doesn't strike you and you get some more hens...... or more than one of those BOs goes broody at the same time, monopolizing a nest apiece.
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  6. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built 8 nesting boxes for 20 chickens and they only use 2. They will pick their favorite one and unless you have a broody, they will pretty much all lay in that one box.
     
  7. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    My coop has ten nest boxes - I have 23 chickens in that coop - and they all use only 2 or 3 of the nest boxes. My coop is big enough to hold 35 or so chickens - but even if I had 35, I wouldn't need more than 5 nest boxes. They just like using the same ones.
     
  8. NestingHillsSC

    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 10 hens and 3 nesting boxes. Once one lays in the morning they all want THAT one and will stand there and wine until the other one is done. [​IMG] I was going to put in 3 more buy why???[​IMG]
     
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  9. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep just like the others all 8 of my hens lay in one of 4 nest boxes.....they all stand in line waiting :)
     

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