Nesting Box Size

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CarolJ, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    We just got our coop yesterday. When we looked at it, I told the guy who sold it to us that I thought the nesting boxes were too small. He assured me that he had chickens in the exact same coop - and they use the boxes every day. So we brought it home (two hour drive). This morning I measured the boxes - and they are 8 1/2 " x 9 ". Isn't that too small? I will have Araucanas, New Hampshire Reds and Welsummers. Thanks!
     
  2. princessbroc

    princessbroc Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read 12x12, BUT I am a super newbie to this so I could be wrong...good luck!!
     
  3. Horizon Structures

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    That seems a little small... on our 5 x 6 model the interior nest box measurements are about 10 1/2" x 11 3/4" and everyone seems fine with them!
     
  4. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2 larger chickeys need a 12x12
     
  5. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    12x12x14h is what I have read - good luck!
     
  6. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    He must be running bantys, these sound small
     
  7. ChicksterJo

    ChicksterJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made mine about 12"x12"x11" and I thought it was too small. Too bad my pullets don't want to go inside to let me see if the box is big enough!
     
  8. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    Thanks, everyone. I think I can (or my husband can) modify the boxes to make them larger. [​IMG]
     

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