nesting box size?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by eastercreek, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. eastercreek

    eastercreek Chirping

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    We are in process of designing and building coop....no chickens yet, but plan on housing a couple polish and probably a couple of Easter Eggers....maybe a Plymouth Barred. Anyway....no more than 6 hens....but I need to know the best size for the nesting boxes? We plan on having an "overhead" reach-in door style so the kids can reach down in to get the eggs. Thanks for any info.
     
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

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    A lot of people use old milk crates as nest boxes that work very well. Maybe that can give you a good reference size. I think mine are about 14 inch square space per box. I have a three row box for 10 hens. They all like using the same box.


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  3. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

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    This is what we use and they were free.
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  4. chickerdoodle

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    We have 3 nest boxes approximately 14 " square. Our nest boxes are bumped out so they don't take up hen house space. They only use 2 of the 3 boxes (we have 5 hens) so we put a second waterer in the other box for summer!

    The "door" is the rose colored part. It opens downward as I am short (4'11") and can see in it. We have a raised hen house that is 32" off the ground that makes it easier to clean for us "not as young as we used to be" folk.

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    We no longer have that feeder in there--we use a trough instead as it takes less floor space and easy to keep clean and filled. You can see the extra waterer in the 3rd nest!

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  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I'd say minimum of 12 x 12, although one set of mine is 14 x 14 and the other is 16 x 16. If you're not cramped for space, I'd go a little bigger than the 12x12...
     

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