Nesting box size

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by EarthToMeekus, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. EarthToMeekus

    EarthToMeekus New Egg

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    Our Orpington hen is pretty big and I am concerned that our current nesting boxes will not accommodate her.
    What is the normal size of a nesting box? Does anyone w/ Orpingtons (or larger birds) up the size of the nesting boxes?
     
  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have BOs, the nesting boxes are around 14 x 14. They fit in there fine.
     
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    My nest boxes are 12 inches cubed One box can accommodate 2 Golden Comet hens at once.
     
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  4. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I use 16" cubes because my hens like to socialize in there. Yesterday I found 6 California Gray pullets in one box. There were 3 other nests, 2 unoccupied at the time, yet they all crowded in there.
    I think they were gossiping about the CCL girls next door, but they hushed up as soon as I got within earshot.
     
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  5. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coming back to correct my measurement, the nest boxes are 14x16
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My nests are 14 x 14 x 16" tall.
     
  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Most of mine are 12x12 (there milk creates) and most of my birds fit in them.
     

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